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Published by Cape Gazette, 2018-10-03 13:28:01

Fall Festivals

A comprehensive guide to local festivals and fall happenings in coastal Delaware.

Keywords: Festival,Fall,Events

Your 2018 Guide to mid-Delmarva
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Festivals offer front- lopen State Park. Beach and not see another person.
row seat in popular Fortunately, you aren’t the only one And the water’s still very warm. You
shoulder season can get your beach time in and find
who’s experienced these wonders all kinds of things to do.”
Chris Beakey of the off-season. There are creative
Special to the Cape Gazette people who relish golden sunsets Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of
and quiet days, ecologists inspired Commerce President and CEO Carol
Chances are you first visited by the changing faces of nature, and Everhart agrees. Like Reamer, she’s
the Delaware beaches in the civic and business leaders working seen the beach towns transformed
summer, when the air was together to show you a good time. from places that went to hiberna-
scented with coconut oil and French tion the Tuesday after Labor Day to
fries, and the Boardwalk in Rehoboth For more than two decades, Betsy destinations that are fully enjoyed 52
Beach teemed with crowds under a Reamer, executive director of the weeks a year.
blazing sun. Lewes Chamber of Commerce, has
had a front row seat to the growing “The first year of the Sea Witch
You probably thought it was one popularity of the season. Festival only drew 5,000 people,” she
of the best places on the planet until says from behind her desk on Re-
your second visit in late October “In the 1980s, the Lewes Chamber hoboth Avenue. “It started the same
– that glorious three-day weekend was only open on weekends, but year as the Rehoboth Jazz Festival.
when you were both calmed and since the 1990s our town and others Back then they did the sandcastle
invigorated by the brisk ocean breeze have added more events every year,” contest in the summer, but I told
and the amber light dappling through she said during a tour of chamber them we don’t need people in Au-
fall foliage on the trails of Cape Hen- offices, fashioned from the circa 1730 gust. We need feet-on-the-street the
Fisher-Martin House. “Although it rest of the year.”
goes against my job description, I
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Contents Special Sections Editor
Jen Ellingsworth
18 Powwow is celebration of
rich culture, pageantry Designer
Deny Howeth
24 Ride the rails at Lewes
Chautauqua Sept. 13-15 Production Coordinator
Edwin Krumm
33 Ladybug Music Festival
celebrates women in music Associate Publisher
Chris Rausch
36 Lewes History Book Festival
turns the page Sept. 28-29 Copy Editors
Bernadette Hearn
78 Film festival hits big screens WWW.PORTRAITSINTHESAND.COM PHOTO Bob Yesbek
Nov. 1 to 11 in Cape Region
ON THE COVER: Rehoboth Beach’s annual Advertising
82 Return Day: Unique event Sea Witch Festival will haunt the Cape Re- Cindy Bowlin
dates back to 1812 gion Oct. 26-28. Read more about the Sea Kathy McGinty
Witch Fest on page 68. Amanda Neafie
Andrew Thomas
Cover design by Teresa Rodriguez
Teresa Rodriguez
Kristin Sinnott
Christopher D. Foster
Eric Lawson
Tara Arjona

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• Shakespeare in the Park: As You cultural roots of America. Hours of the Village located on 866 N. DuPont Hwy.
Like It - Sept. 7 - Join the Milton festival are 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. in Dover. The bike tour benefits Kent
Theatre for a special presentation of 7 and noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and County Tourism, Bike Delaware and
“Shakespeare in the Park: Sunday, Sept. 8-9. Free admission. Go to various nonprofits throughout Kent
As You Like It” at 7:30 for information. County. The tour is suited for all ages
p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and abilities, includes 16, 25, 50, 63 and
outside at the Milton • Amish Country Bike Tour - Sept. 100-mile loops through the flatlands of
Historical Society, 8 - Delaware's 32nd Annual Amish Delaware's Amish farmlands. For infor-
210 Union St. (rain Country Bike Tour will be Saturday, Sept. mation go to
location at Milton 8. This year's tour starts and stops at
Theatre). Free admis- the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Continued on page 10
sion; tickets required. Go
to for information. Bet, Watch & Win!

• National Folk Festival - Sept. 7-9 - with Nicola Pizza and the
With more than 35 groups on seven Delaware Sports Lottery!
stages, the Maryland Traditions Folklife
Area, the Family Activities Area, the Must be 21 to play. The Delaware Sports Lottery is sponsored by
Festival Marketplace and the Festival the Delaware State Lottery and is not associated with or authorized
Food Courts, the National Folk Festival by any professional or collegiate sports organization.
Sept. 7-9 in downtown Salisbury, Md.
offers an array of experiences for all Catch lots of college football games and
ages. Legendary masters, as well as ALL the pro football games at the Upper Deck Sports Bar.
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• Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival - FILE PHOTO
Sept. 8 - The Bethany Beach Boardwalk
Arts Festival will celebrate its 40th THE BETHANY BOARDWALK ARTS FESTIVAL features jewelry, glass, pottery, water-
anniversary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. color and oil painting, photography, basketry and woodworking.
Saturday, Sept. 8 in downtown Bethany
Beach. The popular one-day show fea-
tures jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor
and oil painting, photography, basketry
and woodworking. More than 100 juried
artists, both local and from around the
country, will be displaying their works of
art along the bandstand and boardwalk
areas, as well as the street festival areas
in downtown Bethany Beach. Support-
ing arts in the community, the event
will include a silent auction to benefit
arts programs at four local elementary
schools. The auction will take place at
the Bethany Beach Bandstand from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include pieces
donated by participating artists. (Save
the date for the 2019 festival on Satur-
day, Sept. 7.) Go to bethanybeacharts- for more information.

Continued on page 12

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• Brews on the Beach - Sept. 8 - The caboose. General admission tickets that 8, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Trap Pond State
oldest beer festival in Ocean City include four hours of tasting 30+ local Park in the Baldcypress Nature Center,
celebrates its 10th year on Saturday, brews are only $35 in advance and $40 33587 Baldcypress Ln, Laurel. Enjoy
September 8th as beer lovers from all at the door. General admission and des- a fun afternoon in the park and help
over the East Coast come together to ignated driver tickets can be purchased support the arts in western Sussex
enjoy beer brewed right here on the at County. Tickets are $50 and include
shore. Brews on the Beach, hosted by dinner with a variety of desserts; one
Shore Craft Beer and Fin City Brewing • Chocolate tasting - Sept. complimentary drink (beer or wine);
Company, will kick off the fall beer- 8 - The 12th Annual Choco- entertainment by guitarist Keith Mack;
festival season and late Tasting is set for 1 to 4 silent auction and art on display by local
feature more than 30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the artists. For information, call 302-629-
local-only, seasonal Officer’s Club in Cape Hen- 2829 or 302-629-4321.
brews made for the lopen State Park. The event
summer-to-fall transi- is organized by Friends of • Maryland State Surfing Champion-
tion. The festival will Cape Henlopen State Park, good ships - Sept. 8 - Surf’s up! The Mary-
take place from 12:30 to friends with chocolates.  Tickets land State Surfing Championships will
4:30 p.m. under the tent are $5 each or five for $20. For take place on the beach at 35th St. in
outside Hooper’s Crab more information or to purchase Ocean City, Md. Saturday, Sept. 8. The
House in West Ocean tickets, call Barb Schmidt at 443- event is part of the Delmarva Eastern
City. Scenic views of the 289-1148. Surfing Association ESA Summer Surf
Assawoman Bay and the Series. For information go to delmarva.
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Freedom Festival will take place in
downtown Milford Saturday, Sept. 8.
Activities will start at 9 a.m., and will
include crafts, vendors, kids’ corner, car
show, food trucks, the Duck Dash, the
Red, White & Brew Garden, live bands
and much more. The Patriotic Boat
Parade will set sail prior to the fireworks
at dusk over the Mispillion River. For
information go to

• Sandcastle & Sculpture Contest - SUBMITTED PHOTO
Sept. 8 - The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey
Beach Chamber of Commerce will host SANDCASTLE CONTEST ENTRIES will be constructed on Rehoboth Beach in front of Fun-
the 40th Annual Sandcastle Contest on land Sept. 8.
Saturday, Sept. 8. Past creations have
included Swamp Animals, Mermaids,
Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and
of course traditional sandcastles. Go to for information.

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Continued from page 4 BETSY REAMER, executive director of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, at the chamber
While Everhart agrees the autumn office, fashioned from the circa 1730 Fisher-Martin House.

months offer more opportunities for at the Clear Space Theatre, Re- Campus.
solitary walks on the beach, she’s hoboth Beach Bandstand and other You can put it all in context by
grateful for the economic value Rehoboth venues. In addition to fea-
and cultural appeal of so many fall turing top artists such as Lawrence visiting the Lewes History Museum
activities. Based on Rehoboth-Dewey “Lipbone” Redding, Bobby Sanabria and the Zwaanendael Museum. Learn
chamber estimates, a recent Sea and Wycliffe Gordon, the straight- more about all of this at historiclew-
Witch Festival – attended by 150,000 ahead True Blue Jazz Festival offers If you’d like a much broader
visitors over three days – had an eco- several workshops and jam sessions. view of historic attractions, go to
nomic value of more than $67 million Learn more at
to the region. This year’s festival is history.
expected to draw 200,000 people
over three days. History buffs will delight Wonders of nature
At its website historybookfestival. If you want to enjoy beautiful
That festival is just one of the many
events taking place from September org, Lewes’ History Book Festival autumn scenes and learn about Del-
to November. Whether you’re look- quotes Rudyard Kipling noting, “If marva’s unique ecology, make plans
ing for a fun vacation or a staycation, history were taught in the form of for Boast the Coast and Coast Day
it’s easy to plan days around three stories, it would never be forgotten.” events in Lewes Saturday, Oct. 6, and
key themes: arts, history and nature. For the second consecutive year, the Sunday, Oct. 7. Boast the Coast Mari-
organization will be true to its word, time Festival will celebrate the area’s
Appeal of the arts hosting moderated discussions Fri- nautical heritage in events from 11
If you’re partial to the arts, you can day, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, a.m. to 3 p.m. canalside in the Lewes
with at least 20 bestselling authors historic district.
have fun with the goblins, witches of fiction and nonfiction for history
and weirdness running rampant at buffs. Most events will take place at Enjoy live music, lectures and
the Sea Witch Parade, which kicks off the Lewes Public Library, the Lewes exhibits and the area’s best local
at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27. The pub- History Museum and the Lewes seafood Sunday, Oct. 7, at Coast Day
lic is welcome to watch or walk the Presbyterian Church. at the University of Delaware’s Hugh
parade route and enter the costume Sharp Campus at the end of Pilot-
contest. It’s just one of the many Sea While you’re in downtown Lewes, town Road.
Witch Festival events taking place in make sure to tour the many historic
Rehoboth, Oct. 26-28. Learn more at sites, from the circa 1665 Ryves Holt Activities on Saturday, Oct. 6 will House (Delaware’s oldest surviving also include the Lewes Historical
home), to the circa 1760 Cannonball Society Fall Craft Fair (9 a.m. to 4
If you’re looking for a different House (spoiler alert – there is, in fact, p.m. at the Lewes Historic Campus at
groove, check out Rehoboth Beach a cannonball stuck in its foundation 110 Shipcarpenter St.) and Oktober-
Jazz Festival and True Blue Jazz Fes- from the War of 1812), to the nine fest (2 to 6 p.m. in Lewes Canalfront
tival. Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival historic buildings on the Lewes His- Park). Learn more about all of this at
is set for Thursday, Oct. 11, through torical Society’s Shipcarpenter Street, and at decoast-
Sunday, Oct. 14, and features a range
of artists from guitarist Matt Mar-
shak, to pianist extraordinaire Keiko
Matsui, to Art Sherrod Jr. and the ASJ
Orchestra. The festival happens in
a variety of large and small venues,
from the Rehoboth Beach Conven-
tion Center to Epworth United
Methodist Church. Tickets for many
events sell out quickly. Learn more at

True Blue Jazz Festival will take
place Wednesday, Oct. 10, through
Sunday, Oct. 14. Produced by Ed-
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Tickets are $85 for the Mardi Gras-themed
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Powwow is celebration of rich culture, pageantry

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe will
hold its 41st Annual Powwow
starting at 10 a.m., Saturday
and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9.

The powwow grounds are located DENY HOWETH PHOTOS
in the middle of a naturally beautiful
wooded area off Route 24, John J. Wil- LENNY HARMON IS MOVED in a dance at last year’s Nanticoke Powwow.
liams Highway.

Powwow signs will be posted along
Route 24 between Route 1 and Route
113. Powwow grounds open at 10
a.m., and grand entry will be at noon,
Saturday, with a second dance session
at 4 p.m. Sunday morning begins with a
worship service at 10 a.m. Grand entry
will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday. The Native
American crafts and food vendors open
at 10 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.

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AUDIENCE MEMBERS at Lewes Chautauqua will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with the featured characters, among
whom will be Kim Hanley, who will portray a Harvey Girl.

Ride the rails at Lewes Chautauqua show Sept. 13-15

The importance of railroads to Bob Gleason of the American Historical of the nation's rural and small-town
America's economy and way of Theatre will portray Mark Twain. population. Circuit Chautauquas (aka
life, and their impact in Dela- Tent Chautauquas) were an itinerant
ware, will be explored during Twain, who will share his humorous manifestation of the movement. Pro-
the 20th Annual Chautauqua thoughts on railroads. Chautauqua is grams were presented in tents pitched
tent show, All Aboard: Dela- co-sponsored by the Delaware Division in a field near a town. After several days,
ware and the Railroad, Thurs- of Historical and Cultural Affairs and the the Chautauqua would fold its tents
day to Saturday, Sept. 13 to 15. Lewes Historical Society. and move on to the next community.
The popularity of Chautauquas peaked
The 2018 Chautauqua which will take Chautauqua takes its name from a in the mid-1920s, after which radio,
place at the Zwaanendael Museum and series of adult education programs that movies and automobiles brought about
the Lewes History Museum in Lewes, were first held at a campsite on the the gradual disappearance of the move-
will be held under a large tent and head- shores of Lake Chautauqua in upstate ment by the 1940s.
lined by re-enactors from the American New York during the late 19th cen-
Historical Theatre who will take on tury. Chautauquas spread throughout Reborn in the 1970s as a vehicle for
the personas of celebrated historical America into the early 20th century, humanities education, modern Chau-
figures, educating and entertaining bringing speakers, teachers, musicians, tauquas are organized around a core
audiences as they bring the past to life. entertainers, preachers and special- program in which re-enactors portray
Audience members are encouraged ists of the day to a wide cross-section celebrated historical figures speaking
to ask questions and interact with the and interacting with audiences. Modern
featured characters. They will include Chautauquas have been presented
a Harvey Girl, one of the thousands of annually in Delaware since 1999 featur-
young women who were recruited to ing a wide variety of historical figures
work as waitresses in Paul Harvey's including Woodrow Wilson, Teddy
chain of restaurants located along Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Amelia
railroad lines in the American West dur- Earhart, Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roos-
ing the late 19th to mid-20th century; evelt, Edgar Allan Poe, the Lone Ranger,
Joshua Lionel Cowen, the founder of the John Philip Sousa, and Delaware's own
Lionel Corporation which manufactured Pvt. James Elbert, Maj. Allen McLane,
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DuPont Highway in Dover, is hosting Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at Thursday, September 27, 5:30 pm
a craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Milton Fire Hall
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• Festival Hispano,
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16 - Festival Hispano
will be held from 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.
16 in Georgetown. The
festival is a day to ap-
preciate and celebrate
the diversity of Hispanic
cultural heritage in
Delaware, Maryland
and Virginia through
music, dance and per-
formances by local and
international groups.

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ditional arts and crafts,
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food with an emphasis
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• Shakespeare Festival, Lewes - Sept. admission to Sunfest is free. Thursday • Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show -
16-22 - Join Lewes Chamber of Com- through Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to Sept. 21-23 - Treasures of the Earth, a
merce in a week-long celebration of the 10 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, will
Bard Sept. 16-22, with programs at the p.m. take place Sept. 21-23 at the Ocean
Lewes Public Library. Daily events to City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal
include lectures, films, workshops, and • The Reunion Tour presented by Highway, Ocean City, Md. Admission is
a concert. The week culminates on Sat- CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST $5; age 16 and under admitted free. For
urday at 7:30 p.m. with a free outdoor - Sept. 21 - At 7:30 p.m. on Friday more information go to treasuresofthee-
performance of As You Like It by the Sept. 21 at Epworth United Methodist
Brown Box Theatre Project. For more Church, The Power Trio of Women’s
information, visit Music returns for an evening of rollick- • Rehoboth Beach Garlic Festival -
ing music and friendship. Gutsy blues/ Sept. 21-22 - Quite possibly the state’s
• Sand Castle Home Tour - Sept. 20-21 rock vocal dynamo and songwriter, most aromatic festival, the Rehoboth
- The 14th Annual Sand Castle Home Teresa Trull, Grammy-nominated multi- Beach Garlic Festival will take place
Tour steps off Thursday and Friday, instrumentalist and singer, Barbara Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22, at
Sept. 20-21, in the Ocean City, Md. area. Higbie, and the iconic singer/songwriter locations throughout the city. Presented
Presented by the Art League of Ocean Cris Williamson bring a mixture of by, the event will showcase
City, the self-guided tour is celebrating brand-new material and old favorites to creations from Rehoboth chefs. General
its 14th year, and will explore a variety of the stage for a deep, joy-filled musical admission and special VIP passes are
homes from oceanfront to bayside, pre- return to home. Without a doubt, the available, and include score cards for
senting everything from family homes very real friendship binding these three participants to judge their favorite
to extravagant beach retreats. Tickets musicians brings a powerful mixture entries. For more information go to face-
are $30. Go to guaranteed to delight, inspire, cheer and
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to Continued on page 32

• Sunfest - Sept. 20-23 - Summer

lasts longer in Ocean City, Md. with

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• Fall Fest at Fifer Orchards - Sept. 22 LIVE! Chef Team Throw-down
to Oct. 27 - Fifer’s Fall Fest takes place
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from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fifer’s Orchard.
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Ladybug Music Festival celebrates women in music

Don’t miss Milford’s inaugural Ladybug Music
Festival from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
Free block party will celebrate women in music.

The event, presented by Gable Music Ventures and Down-
town Milford Inc., will showcase more than 40 acts at 17
downtown Milford locations.

Lineup includes the following: Vanessa Collier, Nalani &
Sarina, Hoochi Coochi, Bettenroo, The Girlfriends, Joy Ike,
Megan Knight, Hotsy Totsy, Lily Anel, Frantastic Noise, Laura
& Co., Sara Ann Garrison, Jerzy Jung, Wicked Sycamore, Kira
Alejandro, Rivers & Rhodes, Debbie & the Asphalt Warriors,
Pepperwine, Calla Bere & the Attitude, Danie Ocean Band,
Jodi Lynn Cohee, Carolyn Marie, Sharon Bousquet, Gill Henry,
Deb & Mike Acoustic, Alexis Borst, devoN Nickoles, Just
Roses, Emily McNatt, Cathy Jane, Lauren Kuhne, Erin Kelsey,
Kara Hartzell, Amanda Nolan, Alyssa Hankey, Hanna Paige,
Evangelina, Hannah Dale, Jessica Graae, Chloe Rae, DJ Sophia
and The Ocean Bay Chorus.

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October 12 October 27

The Andrea Wood Jazz Ensemble The Pipe Organ Spooktacular
The gifted Andrea Wood returns
Held yearly in conjunction with the Sea Witch Festival,
with her ensemble of fine jazz musicians to this popular event for all ages features
present a concert of popular favorites
and staples of the jazz repertoire as a Parish Organist & Director of Music, Jackson Borges,
precursor to our Jazz Mass weekend. playing spooky organ works, as well as the audience
Friday, 7pm favorite “Movie and TV Theme Pop Quiz.”
All Saints’ Church Everyone is welcome, and invited to come in costume!
Saturday, 3pm, All Saints’ Church
October 13 & 14
October 31
“The People’s Jazz Mass”
This work, written especially for our parish by Florida Hallowe’en Silent Movie Night -
composer Jeremy Fox, has become a favorite of singer “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)”
and listener alike. This event is held in conjunction with
the Rehoboth Jazz Festival, and features the Parish This has turned into a fan favorite tradition, and this year,
Choir and Andrea Wood and her ensemble, all the scary 1920 hit “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will

under the direction of Jackson Borges. take over our miniature silver screen. Our own Jackson
Saturday, 6pm, All Saints’ Church Borges will bring this John Barrymore classic to life
Sunday, 9:30am, St. George’s Chapel at the Peragallo pipe organ with an “in the moment,” all
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• OktDoverFest 2018 - Sept. 22 - SUBMITTED PHOTO for its 18th Annual Garden Tour from
OktDoverFest celebrates Dover’s thriv- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. The
ing businesses, military community, ONE OF THE MANY SITTING AREAS with event will feature seven gardens, all of
craft beverage industry and new manu- vintage garden furniture in the garden of which are located on Union Street. Tick-
facturing partners. OktDoverFest is Kathryn Greig, one of the areas open during ets are $10 in advance; $15 day of the
Dover’s spin on the traditional German the Milton Garden Tour Sunday, Sept. 23. tour. Pre-tour tickets may be purchased
rite of passage and features activities at Hillside Florist, Milton Historical
for all ages. Festivities begin Saturday family art activities and Eastern Shore Society, Salon Milton and Pepper’s
Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. and will conclude at 9 cuisine on High Street in Dorchester, Greenhouses and Lewes Printing in
p.m. Loockerman Street will be closed Md. Admission is free. For information Lewes. Day-of-tour tickets at the garden
between State Street and Governors go to club ticket booth in front of the Milton
Avenue. Bands will play and restau- Historical Society. Call 302-684-3804
rants and pubs will offer street food, • Milton Garden Club’s Garden Tour - for more information.
while food trucks will line Loockerman Sept. 23 - Join the Milton Garden Club
Street and artisans will feature crafts for • King Cole Cookoff - Sept. 27 - Milton
sale. The craft beverage industry will be Historical Society’s annual fundraiser
represented with vendors offering up will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday,
spirits, brews, ciders, teas and wines. Go Sept. 27 at the Milton Fire Hall. Multiple
to chefs will compete in the King Cole
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• Dorchester Showcase & Art Walk tag plus raffled baskets. Tickets are $35
- Sept. 23 - An art walk and street for members; $45 at the door. For more
festival, the Dorchester Showcase & Art information call 302-684-1010.
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Lewes History Book Festival turns page Sept. 28-29

The 2018 Lewes History Book
Festival Sept. 28-29 brings
noted and new authors of
recently published works of
historical fiction and nonfiction
to coastal Delaware.

Following an opening event Friday,

Sept. 28, presentations will continue

Saturday, Sept. 29, and will include a

ticketed luncheon and happy hour.

Venues include the Lewes Public

Library, The Margaret H. Rollins Com-

munity Center and Lewes History

Museum, Lewes Presbyterian Church,

and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A free

shuttle service will be available to take

participants to the different venues. On SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Saturday, the Friends of The Lewes Pub- HISTORY BOOK FESTIVAL keynote au-
thor Blanche Wiesen Cook poses with a
lic Library will sell a variety of history statue of Eleanor Roosevelt in New York’s
Riverside Park. Wiesen recently published
books to coincide with the festival. the biography, “Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume Franklin D. Roosevelt. It reveals how she
3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962.” fought for economic security, New Deal
The festival will kick off at 7 p.m., reforms, racial equality and the rescue
Sparrow and David Cieri to Lewes,” said of war refugees – all issues the presi-
Friday, Sept. 28, at Bethel United Meth- Ronald Collins, who co-chairs the book dent sidelined as he prepared for and
festival with Jen Mason. “It gives us led the country through World War II.
odist Church in Lewes with acclaimed the opportunity to explore and discuss
Eleanor Roosevelt, and the important Venues include the Lewes Public
historian Blanche Wiesen Cook, who matters that shaped her life and those Library, The Margaret H. Rollins Com-
of others.” munity Center and Lewes History
will discuss her most recently published Museum, Lewes Presbyterian Church,
Wiesen Cook is a distinguished pro- and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A free
biography, “Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume fessor of history and women’s studies at shuttle service will be available to take
John Jay College of Criminal Justice and participants to the different venues. On
3: The War Years and After, 1939-1962.” at the Graduate Center of City Univer- Saturday, the Friends of The Lewes Pub-
sity of New York. She worked on Eleanor lic Library will sell a variety of history
Paul Sparrow, director of the FDR Roosevelt’s biography for more than books to coincide with the festival.
35 years. The first two volumes of the
Presidential Library & Museum in biography, published in 1992 and 1999, Last year’s inaugural History Book
covered Roosevelt’s childhood years, Festival attracted over 1,000 visitors.
Hyde Park, N.Y., will interview Wiesen her personal life and her rise to national While most Saturday events are free,
attention. The three-volume series thanks to the generous support of
Cook and moderate has received many favorable reviews, Delaware Humanities, iHeart Media
including from NPR and The New York and other sponsors, the kickoff Eleanor
a question-and- Times Book Review. Roosevelt evening is ticketed and costs
$35 per person or $50 per couple. The
answer exchange The third volume follows Roosevelt price includes a signed, softback copy of
through the war years until her death, “Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War
with the audi- providing insights into the evolution Years and After, 1939-1962.”
of her complex marriage to President
ence. To set the For more information and to purchase
tickets, go to
stage, renowned

composer David

Cieri will perform

pieces he wrote

for the Ken Burns

Paul Sparrow, direc- PBS documen-
tor of the FDR Pres- tary series, “The

idential Library and Roosevelts.”
Museum in Hyde
Park, will interview “We are
biographer Blanche quite proud and
Wiesen Cook about excited to bring
Eleanor Roosevelt Blanche Wi-
Sept. 28. esen Cook, Paul


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• Delmarva Folk Festival - Sept. 28 to
29 - Presented by the nonprofit Dela-
ware Friends of Folk, Delmarva Folk
Festival will take place from noon to 11
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at 352 Downs
Chapel Road in Hartly. Festival will
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• Southern Delaware Wine, Food & vet, a live chef “Throwdown” presenta- well as microbrewer beers, Delmarva
Music Festival - Sept. 28-29 - Ignite tion featuring two teams of local chefs cuisine, quality arts and crafts and local
your senses at the Southern Delaware and a silent auction. Go to sodelfest. and regional music. The festival will be
Wine, Food & Music Festival Friday, com for tickets and more information held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Ad-
Sept. 28-29 at Independence Club- about the festival mission is $35 and includes a commem-
house in Millsboro. Immerse yourself orative wine glass and tasting samples.
in Delaware’s culinary delights from • Wine On The Beach - Sept. 28-29 - For tickets and more information about
various top chefs and taste wines from The 24th Wine On The Beach festival the festival go to
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p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Delaware • Second Annual Woodland Heritage
Seashore State Park Campground in Festival - Sept. 29 - The Second Annual about the expo call 800-626-2326.
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unique beers. Festivalgoers can enjoy Association, will take place Saturday, 29-30 - Thirty coin and currency deal-
music by Wilmington Reggae favor- Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ers will buy and sell U.S. and world coins
ites Brixton Saint while playing cornhole. Woodland Park, 26788 Woodland Ferry and currency at the OC Coin and Cur-
Tickets are $40 and include all-you- Road, Seaford. Entertainment by the rency Show, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.
can-drink samples and a commemora- Jones Boys and Double Nickels. Food, 29-30, at the OC Convention Center,
tive cup. Designated driver admission vendors, Civil War re-enactors and FFA 4001 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City, Md.
is $10 and includes all-you-can-drink demonstrations. Proceeds will benefit Free admission. For information go to
root beer. For more information go to the Woodland School. For information search for Woodland School House As-
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• Science Saturday - Sept. 29 - Jef-
ferson School, Georgetown. Budding • Shore Living Expo - Sept. 29 - WBOC
scientists and curious minds of all ages will present the Shore Living Expo, 10
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and activities during Science Saturday Ocean City Convention Center, 4001
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for details as they’re made available.
Registration is $22.

• Rehoboth Beach Fall Sidewalk Sale
- Oct. 5-7 - Score amazing deals from
your favorite stores at bargain prices in
downtown Rehoboth and Dewey at the
42nd Rehoboth Beach Fall Sidewalk Sale
on Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7
starting at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admis-
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feature the return of the U.S. Naval
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Rehoboth-Dewey chamber leader
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Everhart promotes
business, tourism,
civic responsibility

By Chris Beakey

Special to the Cape Gazette

Carol Everhart's journey to
becoming president and CEO
of Rehoboth Beach-Dewey
Beach Chamber of Commerce began
with a southward migration in search
of an affordable home and the chance
to give her two kids opportunities to
spend time by the ocean.
"I was working as a planner in
Montgomery County, Md., in 1979,
and I really wanted to buy a house,
but with interest rates at 21 percent
it wasn't happening," she said, sitting
at her desk in the cheerfully bright DENY HOWETH PHOTO

Rehoboth-Dewey chamber office. CAROL EVERHART is president and CEO of Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of
That recollection will resonate Commerce. She’s also creator of the Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach.

with anyone who's spent time in buy homes and be part of a region in bolster the fall season because after
those Washington, D.C., suburbs, its nascent state of becoming a year- Labor Day, everything pretty much
where laws of supply and demand round community. shut down," she recalled. "I came in
still make quality housing pricey It turned out to be a smart move. and showed them my portfolio. And
and sparse. Fortunately, Everhart "We couldn't have afforded to go on then I asked what their budget was,
heard things would be different if vacation if we stayed in Montgomery and they told me it was $5,000."
she packed up her family and headed County, but now my kids got to live She paused, then smiled. "I asked
about 150 miles south along the at the beach," she said. Everhart also – does that include me? And when
coast. There, in the town of Fenwick became professionally successful as they said 'yes' I asked what they had
Island, she had the opportunity to a planner for Ocean City, Md., and as in mind. They said they wanted some
participate in a partnership offering the head of her own small business, event the weekend after Labor Day."
lower-interest loans to help people Events by Everhart. Everhart’s knowledge of the
And then, in 1989, a economic and visitor trends in the
“ I SAW AN AD IN THE PAPER SAYING THE lifetime opportunity Delmarva beaches told her it wasn't
disguised as a one- going to work out.
ing. She didn't say no outright. She
instead suggested an activity around
the paper saying the "But when they said they wanted

MUCH SHUT DOWN.” chamber was look- to stick with Labor Day, I had to say,
ing for someone to 'I'm not your girl.'"
- CAROL EVERHART come up with ideas to
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Three decades

Continued from page 46 FILE PHOTO
Thinking that the door had closed
THIS YEAR’S SEA WITCH FESTIVAL could draw as many as 200,000 people over three
on the opportunity, she went back to days of festivities.
her job, but received a phone call not
too long after. Somehow, the idea of nity where people visit 52 weekends here, but it’s the businesses that draw
bringing people to the beach on the per year,” she said. “That feels like them in and keep them coming back.”
festive autumn holiday had gained a goal any seasonal chamber should
just a bit of traction. have. We can do a lot to get people Continued on page 49

They asked what I would call it, JoFiAnlUl Ms AAtrkoetUr
she said, and took some time to think
about it. In the fall, at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market, you’ll find
lots of greens, carrots, broccoli, eggs, winter squashes,
“I knew the name had to have pumpkins, milk, yogurt, and best of all – community.
something to do with the ocean and SATURDAY FALL MARKET AT
something to do with Halloween,
and came up with the idea of the Sea SHIELDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARKING LOT
Witch Festival.” October 6-November17, 2018
That idea immediately got the
green light, giving her the opportu- Intersection of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive
nity for her first significant special Lewes, DE
event in Rehoboth Beach. It drew a
crowd of 5,000. [email protected] • 302.644.1436
Shortly after, when the City of
Rehoboth Beach decided to hire a
marketing person for the chamber,
Everhart was a top choice.

“I wanted the job but was fear-
ful that I didn’t know how to run a
chamber of commerce. I said, I’ll do
it if you send me to school.”

Turns out University of Delaware
had a designated course of study for
just that. Everhart completed it, and
continued to learn and grow just
as the Rehoboth-Dewey economy
would continue to grow. In 2019,
she’ll celebrate her 30th year with the
chamber, and her 18th since becom-
ing president in 2001.

Thanks to her sense of profes-
sionalism and warmth, it’s hard to
imagine anyone but Everhart in a job
that’s all about sustaining a thriving
economy and welcoming visitors to
the beaches. And even though she’s
earned more than a dozen high-pro-
file awards for her work, she’s quick
to credit area business owners, co-
workers, local government agencies
and civic-minded residents for the
chamber’s success.

“I watched this whole area go from
a seasonal community to a commu-

Continued on page 49


Three decades to the area every summer,” she says. route to successful careers, and as a
With a bit of prompting, she’ll also professional who finds great joy in
Continued from page 48 describe how the chamber has sup- her day-to-day professional life.
She’s also adept at seeing the big-pic- ported efforts by nonprofit organiza-
ture impact of a hospitality strategy tions, churches and local residents “Our mission is the same as it’s
that now brings nearly 8 million to ensure these young, hardworking been for the past 79 years – to pro-
visitors to the region in a typical year. men and women have safe accommo- mote business, tourism and civic
In fact, this year’s Sea Witch Festival dations and a nurturing experience responsibility,” she said. “We also
alone could draw as many as 200,000 during their time in America. have a wonderful sense of place here.
people over three days of festivities. Everywhere you go, there’s someone
Which is exactly what anyone you know, and I can’t think of any
“If you put on your municipal hat who knows her would expect from place I’d rather be.”
and see these policies from their an equally hardworking mom of two
perspective, you have to look at other successful kids, Kris and Wyatt, both Read more about the Sea Witch
issues, like who’s paying the police, of whom served in the military en Festival on page 68.
who’s coordinating with DelDOT,
and so forth. Collectively we’ve cre- Richard Bryan Barbara Moore Ron Ladue
ated this circle of continual fun, but
that takes structure, commitment and Direct: 302-645-1957 Cell: 302-226-2770 Cell: 302-542-6373
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She’s also shown compassionate
leadership in supporting some of
the local economy’s most important

“We absolutely depend on the
foreign exchange students to come



• Mid-Atlantic Surf Fishing Tourna-
ment - Oct. 5-6 - The 39th Annual Mid-
Atlantic Surf Fishing Tournament on the

Beach will take place Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 5-6 on
the beach in Ocean City,
Md. from 30th Street to
119 Street. Participants
must be preregistered,
have a permit to drive
on the beach, and hold
a valid Maryland Salt-
water Fishing License. Go to

• Rehoboth Beach Buddy Fest - Oct. FILE PHOTO
5-6 - Grab your buddies and head to
the Rehoboth Beach Buddy Fest Friday LED BY THE CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH SCHOOL JROTC, the large group of walkers fills the
and Saturday, Oct. 5-6. The weekend’s south end of the Boardwalk.
events start with a Buddy Up Party from
5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at the Dewey ConveJrseawteiolenrPs eace
Beach Lions Club Community Center,
115 McKinley St. and the Bay, Dewey FULL SERVICE JEWELER
Beach. Plenty of free food and enter-
tainment, plus a silent auction. Take
part in a fun event and raise awareness
for people with Down syndrome at the
annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 in downtown Rehoboth
Beach. Participants will gather at the
Boardwalk and bandstand. Register on-
line at Event
is free. After the walk, enjoy Buddy Day
at the Beach from noon to 6 p.m. with
live entertainment at the bandstand
from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. by Mario Rocco.
Wear your Buddy Walk T-shirt around
town to receive surprises and discounts
from participating eateries and stores.
For information go to boardwalkbud-

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