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News & Notes

THIS ISSUE

VOLUME 29, NUMBER 9 • JULY 12, 2019

26 Good Queer Fun

86 CAMP Arts

STEFANI DEOUL 

DOUG YETTER 

Boardwalking

6 CAMP Matters Peace, Love and the Road to Disco MURRAY ARCHIBALD

8 CAMP Out

Weekend of Firsts FAY JACOBS

10 President’s View Food for Thought

Avenue (LGBT)Q

28 Straight Talk

Another Brick in the Wall DAVID GARRETT

36 CAMP Critters Jessie

90 Booked Solid

38 The Best Way to Dine

Rainbow Warrior

TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

CHRIS BEAGLE

Sitting at the Bar Mickey Rox

11 CAMP News

39 Eating Out

See page 60

FAY JACOBS

50 Health & Wellness

40 CAMP Bites

MARJ SHANNON

CAMP Rehoboth Happenings

12 Sundance!

Sponsors and Donors Shine

14 Sporty Gals Senior Softball ANITA PETTIT

Seafood Diet

Boardwalk Food Primer

42 Farm Fresh

Fresh Food, Fun, and Farmers MICHAEL GILLES

18 CAMP Stories Potato Salad: Swallow or Spit? RICH BARNETT

June: Soccer and Stonewall STEFANI DEOUL 

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Letters from CAMP Rehoboth welcomes submissions. Email editor@camprehoboth.com. Photographs must be high resolution (300 dpi). Documents should be sent as attachments in Microsoft Word®. Deadline for submissions is two weeks prior to the issue release date.

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July 12 - August 4 

Peanuts and Crackerjacks

76 Intentionally Inclusive

60 CAMP Shots

WESLEY COMBS

Tales of Rehoboth Beach

64 Our Supporters Make It Happen

Just Because There’s a Rainbow…

78 Millennial Times Good Old Days

Become a Member Today!

82 Out & About

68 It’s My Life

ERIC C. PETERSON

History Lessons

MICHAEL THOMAS FORD

22 Out & Proud

96 CAMP Dates

72 Q Puzzle

From Garden to Table ERIC W. WAHL

ON THE COVER

Dolle’s Late Day III, by Rod Cook

Bad-Ass Female Heroes

83 Community News

Not Quite Homo

Happenings Around the Community

74 CAMP Cheers!

85 We Remember

Diego’s Bar Nightclub

100 The Real Dirt

Mark Cosgrove

PUBLISHER Murray Archibald EDITOR Fay Jacobs MANAGING EDITOR Mary Shockley DESIGN AND LAYOUT Mary Beth Ramsey EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE Marj Shannon ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tricia Massella ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Monica Parr, Barb Ralph DISTRIBUTION Tom Craft, Corky Fitzpatrick CONTRIBUTORS Murray Archibald, Sondra N. Arkin, Chris Beagle, Tony Burns, Wesley Combs, Stefani Deoul, Mary Shockley, Michael Thomas Ford, David Garrett, Michael Gilles, Fay Jacobs, Michael Marciano, Tricia Massella, Monica Parr, Eric C. Peterson, Anita Pettit, Mary Beth Ramsey, Terri Schlichenmeyer, Eric W. Wahl, Doug Yetter

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth is published 15 times per year, between February and Thanksgiving, as a program of CAMP Rehoboth Inc., a non-profit community service organization. CAMP Rehoboth seeks to create a more positive environment of cooperation and understanding among all people. Revenue generated by advertisements supports CAMP Rehoboth’s purpose as outlined in our mission statement.

The inclusion or mention of any person, group, or business in Letters from CAMP Rehoboth does not, nor is it intended to in any way, indicate sexual orientation. The content of the columns are the views and opinions of the writers and may not indicate the position of CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. © 2019 by CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. All rights reserved by CAMP Rehoboth. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the prior written permission of the editor.


CAMP REHOBOTH

MISSION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities. We seek to promote cooperation and understanding among all people as we work to build a safer community with room for all. We seek to promote community well-being on all levels; to foster the development of community groups; to develop community space; to promote human and civil rights; to work against prejudice and discrimination; to lessen tensions among the community at large; and to help foster the economic growth of the area. We work toward these ends through activities such as the following:

Fundraising for other organizations,

such as AIDS service organizations, gay and lesbian community organizations, recycling programs, environmental projects, literacy training, and other ventures for the general betterment of the community.

Networking resources and information

by publishing a newsletter, and functioning as an alternative tourist bureau and information center.

Promoting artistic expressions and creative thinking,

and giving aid to artists and craftspeople with an emphasis on the works of lesbians and gay men.

Education and outreach to the larger community,

including sensitivity training seminars, and printed materials to promote positive images of gay and lesbian people and others.

Promoting political awareness to build safe and inclusive community

through voter information, education, and registration; and analysis of issues and candidates.

PRESIDENT Chris Beagle VICE PRESIDENT Leslie Sinclair SECRETARY Glen Pruitt TREASURER Natalie Moss, CPA AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Jane Blue, Mike DeFlavia, Max Dick, Jack Morrison, Mark Purpura, Tara Sheldon, Kathy Wiz INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Murray Archibald HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAM DIRECTOR Salvatore Seeley

CAMP REHOBOTH 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 tel 302-227-5620 | fax 302-227-5604 email editor@camprehoboth.com | www.camprehoboth.com CAMP Rehoboth, Inc. is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to CAMP Rehoboth are considered charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes and may be deducted to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of our exemption document is available for public inspection.

The Way I See It by Murray Archibald

THIS IS THE JULY 12 ISSUE OF LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, AND NUMBER NINE IN OUR 29TH season of publishing this magazine. This is also our food issue. Editors Fay Jacobs and Mary Shockley explored the food of the Boardwalk—and survived to write about it! In our Health and Wellness column, Marj Shannon offers a healthier approach to summertime eating.▽ AFTER JULY 4TH, THE PACE OF THE SUMMER ALWAYS QUICKENS. SUNDANCE NOW LOOMS LARGE on the horizon in front of us, and Labor Day weekend will be here before we can say “ultraviolet disco day-glo sunrise.” This is the 32nd Sundance. It is the biggest party of the summer season— our biggest dance party of the year. It is CAMP Rehoboth’s biggest fundraising event of the year. The money it raises allows us to continue our work to build a safe and healthy community and to ensure the fair and equitable treatment of everyone, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sundance is a success because of the support of the people in our community. Please sign up to be a sponsor, supporter, or host of Sundance right now.▽ ON JUNE 24, THE NEWLY REBRANDED CAMP REHOBOTH COUNCIL OF ADVOCATES GATHERED community volunteers to discuss plans for the future and to enlist their services. Once known as the CAMP Rehoboth Council of Elders, the group supports local students and families by focusing on four volunteer areas: mentors, family support, speakers, and policy advocacy. Council members Batya Hyman, Linda Gregory, Sal Seeley, and Mark Purpura provide leadership in each of the four areas. “I was very impressed with the people who came to the meeting,” Council convener Beth Cohen said to me later. So was I. A second informational meeting is planned for July 15 at 6 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library. Email salvatore@camprehoboth.com for more information.▽ IN THE PREVIOUS ISSUE OF LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, I MENTIONED MEETING SALISBURY, Maryland’s PFLAG leaders Michele Schlehofer and Mark Delancey. At the time, I invited them to come to Rehoboth to have a conversation about possible ways we could collaborate. On June 27, the three of us, along with CAMP Rehoboth Health and Wellness Program Director Sal Seeley and PFLAG Rehoboth co-chair Batya Hyman, sat down at CAMP Rehoboth to chat. I left those discussions with two thoughts. First, outside of the progressive bubble that surrounds the coastal communities of Delaware, there is a tremendous need for CAMP Rehoboth to provide resources and training opportunities for other communities looking to develop LGBTQ support groups and programs. Second, I was reminded once again that CAMP Rehoboth has been a success because our community is able to draw upon an abundant supply of talent, resources, and financial support that comes to us from the major cites of the mid-Atlantic region. As an LGBTQ resort community, we have had opportunities not available to other communities on the Delmarva Peninsula. We don’t have to expand CAMP Rehoboth to other communities. We do need to mentor budding organizations in those communities.▽ ALSO IN OUR PREVIOUS ISSUE, OUR COVER FEATURED THREE OF THE CAST MEMBERS FROM Mamma Mia! at Clear Space Theatre. The day of the photoshoot, I had barely gotten them arranged on one of the lifeguard stands—and there was still blue sky in front of us—when suddenly the bottom fell out as the saying goes. We dashed for cover in the nearby Grotto’s Pizza. Their costumes, along with the American flags they were holding to make sure it was an appropriate July 4th cover shot, made them look like Betsy Ross and the Supremes! My thanks to all three of the performers from Clear Space, as well as the actors who pitched in to make our Sundance video promo, and especially to Artistic Director David Button for always making our collaborations possible.▽ A QUICK REMINDER FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER: 1. SIGN UP TO SUPPORT SUNDANCE AND THE Sundance Racing Festival. 2. Buy a ticket to The Kinsey Sicks. 3. Save August 11 for Bachelor Auction 2019. Happy summer!▽ JULY 12, 2019

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World Pride in NYC A packed bus of rainbow-clad campers headed to NYC on June 30 for the World Pride Day and 50th Anniversary of Stonewall celebration. The streets of Manhattan teemed with diversity, the parade included 170,000 marchers, and it is estimated that close to five million people lined the streets watching the festivities. The bus left Lewes at 6:30 a.m. and returned by 10:30 p.m. for a joyous, exhausting, uplifting day of pride activities.▼

10 Years of Protection for Delaware LGBTQ On July 2, CAMP Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Beach Museum celebrated the 10th anniversary of the signing of SB 121. Taking more than a decade to pass, SB 121 added “sexual orientation” to Delaware’s non-discrimination law, forbidding discrimination in housing, employment, public works contracting, public accommodations, and insurance. SB 121 was signed by Governor Jack Markell at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Photos and mementos from that important day, along with other CAMP Rehoboth milestones, are now a part of the permanent collection of the Rehoboth Museum. Photo: Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, CAMP Rehoboth Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director Murray Archibald, writer and Letters from CAMP Rehoboth editor Fay Jacobs, and Delaware State Auditor, Kathy McGuiness.▼

Calling All Sundance Hosts, Supporters, and Sponsors! Every Labor Day weekend, CAMP Rehoboth gathers the tribe and celebrates at Sundance. As its largest fundraising event of the year, Sundance depends on the more than 500 individuals and businesses who become hosts, supporters, and sponsors each year. Along with the auction and ticket sales, Sundance raises funds for outreach, advocacy, and programing at CAMP Rehoboth all year long. ▼

 SIGN UP TO SUPPORT SUNDANCE 2019 Go to camprehoboth.com or call 302-227-5620 Letters 4 JULY 12, 2019


MARK YOUR CALENDARS CAMP REHOBOTH EVENTS THE KINSEY SICKS July 20

Voices of Stonewall Got Tickets for The Sicks Yet? The Kinsey Sicks, America’s Favorite Dragapella® Beautyshop Quartet will be on stage for one show only at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. The show was a smash hit Off-Broadway at New York’s SoHo Playhouse. There’s not much time left—tickets are going fast and are available at camprehoboth.com. ▼

CAMP Rehoboth Welcomes Atlantique The CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard is the new home of Atlantique, a curated collection of unique and fun gifts and décor. Atlantique owner Lisa Marks is new to the Rehoboth Beach area, and loving it. “It’s paradise!” she says. “Everything I hoped it would be.” Stop by the CAMP Courtyard this summer to meet Lisa and check out the latest addition to the shops on Baltimore Avenue. ▼

BACHELOR AUCTION AQUA August 11 SUNDANCE RACING FESTIVAL August 25 SUNDANCE AUCTION/DANCE August 31 & September 1 SWEET BABY J’AI CONCERT October 11

On June 22, CAMP Rehoboth honored the 50year anniversary of Stonewall with a theatre piece conceived and created by Michael Gilles and Fay Jacobs. Incorporating the actual words of people present at that historic event, the performance was a reminder both of how far LGBTQ rights have come, and that there is still work to do. The two sold-out performances have already sparked discussions about an encore performance. Photo: Michael Gilles. ▼

TRAVELS WITH LETTERS ⊲

CAMP REHOBOTH BLOCK PARTY October 20 IT’S COMPLICATED 3.0 November 1-2, 7:30 p.m November 3, 2 p.m.

WORLD AIDS DAY December 1

ENJOYING FRANCE ON A RHONE RIVER CRUISE Bottom from left : Pat Morgan, Minnie LaRosa, Barbara Lilien, Myrna Kelly, Maddy Ewald, Sandy Duncan, Dottie Cirelli. Top from left: Darleen Kahl, Susie Poteet, Linda DeFeo, Marsha Mark, Judy Raynor, Zita Dresner, Laura Glenn, Marilyn Kates.

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CAMP Matters

by Murray Archibald

Stories of Peace, Love…and the Road to Disco

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n the summer of Stonewall I was 16 years old. A hippie in spirit, even if the body was still bound by the rules and regulations of an uptight high school principal who frowned upon long hair and flamboyant attire. By my senior year, my dad grew weary of the constant harassment about the length of my hair, and marched down to the school to demand that they stop sending me home because my hair was too long. I suppose he used whatever small influence he could summon as senior pastor of the town’s prominent First United Methodist Church to make that demand. Whatever he said, it worked. I was never sent home again. And then came the 70s. Our hippie peace, love, and flower power gave way to the age of disco. All my life I have believed that Stonewall was a part of the larger cultural rebellion happening to my generation. Civil rights, gay rights, women’s lib—we stood up for what we believed. We pushed back against racism, homophobia, sexism, and injustice. For gay people—we didn’t say LGBTQ back then—the 1970s was an era of celebration and exploration. A time of heretofore-unknown freedom. We thought we were cool. We thought we were free. More likely, naive. We had no way of knowing that by the end of the decade AIDS would strip our innocence like flesh torn from a bone. In a recent interview, I was asked about that period between Stonewall and the advent of the AIDS crisis. Memories have been flooding back ever since. A theater major in college, I sometimes wonder how we survived the “drugs, sex, and rock and roll” of the early 70s. We were passionate about our art. We were equally passionate about our play. I spent the first year of my college life in a dorm, and I do hope my poor timid roommate was not forever traumatized by the year we spent occasionally sleeping in the same room together. The next year, in cahoots with a couple of theater pals, we rented a big house across the street from the school,

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where I remained for the duration of my time there. The place was home. It was also infamous as a gathering place. Actors, artists, wayward hippies, and all manner of assorted cultural oddballs seemed to feel at home there. The address of that house—919 8th Avenue—is forever etched in my mind. We called it by its number. “I’m going to 919,” we would say. To this day I continue to see that number everywhere I go. I dream about that house, but in those dreams it is always transforming into something unexpected once I walk through the front door. The last time I visited the school I drove by it. At least where it used to be. It was gone. An empty lot in a neighborhood that looked— oddly—exactly like it did 40 years ago. It made me think of the end of the movie Carrie. Far more than the house itself were the friends who lived there, or hung out there, or were just part of our big extended family. Diane, Bobby, Billy Bob, and Sam (otherwise known as Sarah) all lived in the house at various times. Diane is black. It’s a miracle the two of us were never lynched for our escapades in the state of Alabama. Diane was the perfect bra-burner. She had no use for one. Though amply endowed, her breasts maintained a perky attitude at all times. Like a warrior woman. Almost defiant. She loved to flash them at opportune moments. We almost always escaped unharmed. Bobby was arguably my best friend in college. Every bone in his body had outrageous engraved upon it. When I met him, he swore he was straight. Unlike others, I never questioned him about it. Until he turned up in my bed one night. Billy Bob was cute and eccentric even for our bunch. For years after we all went our separate ways, he was the one who tried to keep us in touch with one another. Sam—dear, sweet, talented Sam. Of all of them, she touched my spirit in a way that stays with me even today. We keep up on Facebook occasionally. Theatregoers in Washington DC know her as the actor Sarah Marshall.


There were others, many others. George, the star actor and my first major crush. Ben the guru. The funny guy, Glenn Scott— who grew up to be the actor Glenn Shadix best known for his role as Otho in the movie Beetlejuice. Bobby and George had each moved to New York after school. They both died early on in the AIDS epidemic. Billy Bob became William. His partner succumbed to AIDS a few years later. William fought on for as long as his soul could bear it. I finished college in 1977. Met Steve in September 1978. It saved our lives. Occupied as we were with each other—as all newly together couples are—we barely noticed that the 70s were over. My long hair was gone. Disco was king. A new world beckoned to us. Maybe it was the times, maybe the innocence of youth—or a little of both. Those days remain untarnished in my memory. Today the world is different. I’m different. Sculpted by years of love. Tempered by pain. Burnished by grief. We take on the patina of life. CAMP Rehoboth has been at the heart of my life for 30 years. My family is trained to interact with me based on the deadline schedule for Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. I plan vacations around that same schedule. As I prepare to step out of my leadership role at CAMP Rehoboth I try to imagine what history will have to say about our time here. The Rehoboth Museum has already included a photograph of Steve and me in its permanent collection. That’s a good enough sign for me that it is time to retire. I mean, come on, when the historical society puts your picture on the wall, it’s time to say goodbye. I’m encouraged by the fact that I’m joking about it. Plus, I don’t really intend to retire. I plan to get back in my studio. To paint. To write. To tell the stories of CAMP Rehoboth. To try and tell the stories of this remarkable community and the power that comes from a positive attitude. That’s all it’s about really. That’s the heart of CAMP Rehoboth. We envisioned the community the way we wanted it to be. We shaped it by describing it as though it already existed—until it become what we wanted it to be. We told our stories. We will continue to tell our stories. We will continue to tell our stories of peace, love, acceptance, understanding, and equality. And guess what, even after all these years it’s still got a disco beat. ▼ Murray Archibald is an artist, CAMP Rehoboth Co-Founder, and longtime President of the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors. He is currently serving as CAMP Rehoboth Interim Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. Email Murray at murray@camprehoboth.com

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CAMP Out Fay’s Rehoboth Journal by Fay Jacobs

A Weekend of Firsts

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or a weekend it was quite spectacular. For a birthday weekend— not even a BIG important birthday, it was possibly the best ever. All accompanied by a series of firsts. On Saturday, June 29, my actual birthday, I walked outside to discover that my first-ever personally-owned tomato plant had a round green orb growing on it. For a gal who grew up thinking tomatoes were birthed in a container, enclosed in cellophane, this was a revelation. I will keep you posted. After a marvelous meal prepared by our bestie boyfriends, we hit several ocean block and boardwalk watering holes, followed by a quick visit to the Funland horse races. Ever played? You roll Skee-balls into various pointaccumulating holes, and the more points you accrue the faster your metal horse trots across the silly scoreboard. I’ve been trying to win a race for the last 26 years. Nada. On Saturday night my horse won by a nose, bells rang, and nobody revealed how much my pals paid the carny worker to have me win. At dawn the next morning when I saw a dozen Subaru Outbacks parked at Lowe’s, I knew there was a CAMP Rehoboth bus trip departing. Another first—I was awake before Dunkin’ Donuts opened. As the bus roared toward the Big Apple, I got a text from Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf. It said “Whoa, front page above the fold!” Yup, I looked and there I was, with five other Delawareans of a certain age, on the front page of the News Journal, talking about our memories of 1969 and the meaning of the Stonewall anniversary. Cool. Or it would have been if it hadn’t been the shittiest photo of me ever taken. Oy, a first and a worst. So we got to mid-town Manhattan by 11 a.m. for World Pride Day and the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. Yes, there really were five million people in the streets surrounding the miles-long parade route.

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On our way to 5th Avenue for the official parade, we crossed paths with a protest parade, with marchers celebrating the lives of Stonewall heroes and very serious gay rights and human rights causes. They marched separately to decry the creeping commercialism of the official parade. We cheered for these earnest marchers and soldiered on. After being sucked into a swell of humanity moving like volcanic lava across 23rd street to the parade, I am thrilled to report I was not trampled to death. But neither was I able to get closer to the street than a wall of people 10-deep in front of me. Consequently, all I saw of the parade were high-flying balloons, queens on stilts, tops of high hair, waving flags, and a few two-story floats. I stood amid cheering, screaming, happy people and heard the Dykes on Bikes loud and clear.

I do think gay life was much, much harder in the old days, but getting up front to watch a pride parade was much, much easier. I got a pretty good contact high, got glitter-bombed, met the most amazing youngsters, saw an extraordinary number of overflowing bosoms escaping flimsy clothing, delighted in clever signs, all manner of rainbow T-shirts, lots of celebrating allies, young butches, old butches, gym bunnies, leather guys, fathers with strollers, drag queens and kings, senior citizens, and all—and I mean ALL—manner of queer life.

We also fortified ourselves, retreating to boisterous rainbow-adorned bars where, by the way, everyone, binary, non-binary, gay, straight, bi, or trans, hollered “Happy Pride.” I think the straight bartenders had more fun than usual. In a stunning first, we stood for 45 minutes at a McDonald’s in a line of people waiting to pee. I know, it sounds terrible. But it was actually joyous, astonishing, invigorating, and finally, a great relief. So here’s my takeaway. 1969 was amazing. Stonewall, Woodstock, Man on the Moon, you name it. I’m glad I was there then to experience it all and here now to experience the half century of aftershocks. For some celebrants, especially the youngsters, this was a glorious and giddy joyful event. For many, like me, it was millions of people, their governments, big corporations, foreign visitors, and much more, repudiating the idea of the closet for queers. It was one humongous International Coming Out Day and I felt liberated as never before. There will be glitter in the New York City streets until 2034. As for the celebration itself, I do think gay life was much, much harder in the old days, but getting up front to watch a pride parade was much, much easier. I walked 14,000 steps before the battery died on my phone and who knows how many more dragging my sorry ass back to the bus. But for firsts, it was epic to be among the mega-millions celebrating being out and proud in 2019. And my Mega-Million Lottery win can always be a first for next year’s birthday. ▼ Fay Jacobs is an author of five published memoirs. Her newest is Fried & Convicted: Rehoboth Beach Uncorked. As a humorist, she’s touring with her show Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay. See www.fayjacobs.com


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President’s View by Chris Beagle

Food for Thought!

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nything that gives us a reason to stop and ponder is food for thought. We know good food when we consume it, but do we really think about what goes into it? We order from the menu and shortly thereafter a creation is placed before us. We eat, converse and, for the most part, don’t give it much thought. But if you’ve ever sat at a counter overlooking a restaurant kitchen and watched carefully, you know there is a lot involved in successful cuisine. Done right, it is a carefully crafted production of teamwork, planning, and execution. An effective leadership succession is much like that. As covered in recent issues, the Board of Directors and, specifically, the Succession Team, and Search and Transition Committees, continue their work on the efforts to bring the next Executive Director (ED) to CAMP Rehoboth. When the founder(s) of a non-profit leaves, the impact on the organization can be dramatic and the transition to its successor, a complex and multi-faceted challenge. Since forming our Succession Team at the start of this year, our goal has been to facilitate a seamless process for preparing CAMP Rehoboth to replace our co-founder and Interim

Executive Director, Murray Archibald, with his successor. While the search is the more obvious part of the process, the importance of the transition is paramount in achieving this goal and has been a significant focus of our overall efforts. CAMP Rehoboth is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team in place—the Transition Committee, which is guiding the transition of leadership. This team is composed of community members Beth Cohen, Linda Gregory, and Jon Worthington, and Board of Director members Jack Morrison, Glen Pruitt, and Vice President, Leslie Sinclair, as its Chair. With the objective of guiding and ensuring a smooth transition of the reins of leadership and operational integrity from the incumbent ED to the successor, the committee first established a framework incorporating three phases of focus to yield the greatest likelihood of a successful outcome. These phases include: preparation, recruitment and hiring, and post-hiring. Each phase builds on the preceding and failure to attend to the key tasks at any point in the overall process compromises the end result. Conversely, a coordinated approach with inclusive

representation from staff, board, and stakeholders, all working together, significantly improves the odds for a fruitful transition. In addition, looking at areas such as governance, finance, facilities, and more, the Committee is working to ensure organizational information is available to help the new ED set priorities for the future, by understanding past practice. The team is also defining communication strategies around the transition and developing plans for the welcoming, on-boarding, and introduction of the new ED to the full CAMP Rehoboth community. The search for the new ED is an important part of the succession. Further thought reveals that the transition to that leadership is much like the kitchen that produces a delicious dining experience… there is a lot more to it than would first appear. Our work continues and we are committed to its successful outcome. Bon appétit! ▼ Chris Beagle is President of the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors and is a realtor at Berkshire-Hathaway-Gallo Realty in Rehoboth Beach. christopherbeagle1@gmail.com

CAMP REHOBOTH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH TIMELINE

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Board commences active search for new Executive Director → → → →

Board hires outside consultant to assist with search Forms Board Succession Team to oversee search process Forms Search Committee and Transition Committee Approved Strategic Framework based on community input

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Qualified candidates are screened

→ Top candidates identified, using rubric developed by Search Committee → Phone screening of top tier candidates conducted by Consultant → Search Committee conducts face-to-Face preliminary interviews with subset of top tier candidates

MAY 2019 L E. D. Position is posted → → → →

Job announcement released to the public through multiple media Thirty days allowed for submittal of resumes from interested persons. Forty-one resumes received by the closing of the job posting. Transition Committee begins organizing orientation materials for incoming E.D.

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Qualified candidates are interviewed

AUG 2019

Incoming Executive Director is selected


CAMPNews MARK YOUR CALENDAR

CAMP Rehoboth and the RB Homeowner’s Association to host Candidate Forum

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here will be a candidate forum on Friday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, featuring the six candidates who have filed for election to the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners. There are two open seats, for three-year terms. Running for a commissioner slot will be Mark Betchkal, Edward Chrzanowski, Charles Garlow, Susan Gay, Gary Glass, and Suzanne Goode. The election will take place on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Convention Center. For a list of the requirements for voting, see cityofrehoboth.com. ▼

Support Group Forms for Trans Youth

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AMP Rehoboth is hosting a new program for trans youth. It’s called SPECTRUM—TRANS Youth Support and Discussion Group. It’s a private (closed) social space for transgender, intersex, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth ages 13-18. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 15 at the Lewes Public Library. The purpose of this group is to create

a supportive and inclusive environment in which one’s gender may be freely expressed and respected. Attendees are invited to express their fears, confusions, concerns, hopes, or excitement, and to support each other. Facilitating the group is Jean Burgess, LCSW. Upcoming meeting dates are July 15, 22, and July 29 at the Lewes Public Library. For more information call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620. ▼

August Auditions Set for Fall Drama

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AMP Rehoboth will hold auditions for It’s Complicated 3.0, a series of three one-act plays, on August 6, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Show dates for the production are November 1-3, 2019. The plays, which together compose It’s Complicated 3.0, are centered around LGBTQ themes and are directed by Russell Stiles.

Each one-act is very short, and there will be a very limited rehearsal schedule, taking place on five consecutive Sundays (September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, and October 27), and on Wednesday, October 30, and Thursday, October 31. Auditions will consist of a cold reading and short interview. Other audition times available by contacting Russell Stiles at 814 935 8821. ▼

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Sponsors and Partners Make Sundance Shine

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ore than 1,500 people enjoy the two Labor Day weekend events that make up CAMP Rehoboth’s Sundance each year. While some come to support the organization’s good works and others come for the fun (and most come for both), a sometimes-overlooked part of Sundance are the sponsors and community partners coming together to make both the auction and the dance over-the-top successes. From the top-shelf food served during the auction and the busy open bars both nights to the lavish auction items themselves and over-the-top atmosphere and decor, Sundance is an unparalleled experience for participants Of course, there’s a new, long, and celebratory name for the event each year. The first night of Sundance 2019—Rainbow XXXII: Ultraviolet Disco Day-Glo Sunrise (it’s a good one!) will be the auction on August 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. That night, attendees will enjoy food by the award-winning Plate Catering by SoDel Concepts, a long-time Sundance sponsor. Known for their farm-to-table style, using fresh, local ingredients, Plate Catering will provide a generous cocktail buffet that also includes vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-carb options. Sundance is known for its all-night open bars for both the auction and the dance. Longtime Sundance bar manager Rob Dick knows exactly how much it takes to fully stock the open bar, provide staff to tend the bars, and keep partygoers happy. CAMP Rehoboth Annual Premier Sponsor Smirnoff ensures that at least when it comes to vodka, the party never runs dry. For those sponsors who donate at the $500 or above level, there is a Sponsor Lounge at the dance, with its own bar and bartenders. It’s a comfortable space to enjoy all the excitement. In addition to access to the Sponsor Lounge, these donors receive extensive publicity, visibility, tickets, t-shirts, and other benefits. Think about it, please. There wouldn’t be an auction without sponsors and partners. For example, each year, the award-winning travel agency Accent on Travel provides a luxurious trip that is one of the most sought-after items at the auction. “As owners of Accent on Travel, headquartered in Rehoboth Beach, my husband Rick and I are honored to be a premier sponsor for CAMP Rehoboth,” says Annette Nero Stellhorn. “I fully support efforts for understanding and respect for all people in the community. Accent on Travel is fortunate to have first-class travel companies willing to collaborate with us to enhance our donations to the Sundance auction. We choose travel offerings that not only provide an LGBTQ-friendly travel environment but also, just as important, an exceptional travel experience.” Letters 12 JULY 12, 2019

This year, Accent on Travel is donating a river cruise for two on U by Uniworld, with sailings offered during 2019 or 2020. “Our goal,” says Stellhorn, “is for the winner of our Sundance auction trip to come back from their vacation saying it was their ‘best vacation ever’.” Also on the roster of donors is Olivia Travel, which has been donating amazing trips to CAMP Rehoboth for over a decade now. While the details of this year’s trip itinerary have yet to be determined, it is certain to be exciting. Olivia Sales Representative Linda Kemp says “It’s always an honor to support CAMP Rehoboth; we have so many women from the area traveling with us and really feel like a part of the community. And I love to watch the exciting live auction!” Several companies have sponsored Sundance for years. “Katie and I have been sponsors for CAMP Rehoboth since we moved here 15 years ago,” says Gwen Osborne, who co-owns Signarama with her partner, Katie Handy. “We are proud to be a part of such an inclusive giving organization. We are meant to show grace and mercy to all whom we meet along our journey in life, and we see CAMP Rehoboth as a role model in our community for bringing communities together in harmony.” “We’re delighted to support CAMP Rehoboth,” says Terry Plowman, publisher of Delaware Beach Life magazine, another Sundance sponsor. “Serving as one of their media partners allows us to help them make their support dollars go farther.” Sundance 2019—Rainbow XXXII: Ultraviolet Disco Day-Glo Sunrise promises to be the biggest and best Sundance ever and will include the enormously popular Sundance Disco Twilight Tea Dance that premiered last year. The funds raised support the health of the local community and the fair and equitable treatment of everyone, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2018 alone, CAMP Rehoboth outreach programs served over 6,500 individuals and its health and wellness programs served nearly 10,000. Sundance offers two nights of fun. The first event (August 31, 6 to 9 p.m.) features a silent auction, live auction with auctioneer Lorne Crawford, music by Stephen Strasser, and an all-evening cocktail buffet and open bar. The second night (September 1) is the two-for-one Sundance, which includes the Sundance Disco Twilight Tea (7 to 10 p.m.) featuring DJ legend Robbie Leslie, and the traditional Sundance (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.) with music by DJ/Remixer Joe Gauthreaux and lights by Paul Turner. Tickets are $50 for one night, $90 for both. To purchase tickets, go to camprehoboth.com. For Host/ Sponsor information, call Murray Archibald at 302-227-5620.


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Softball Players Never Quit

(They just wear lots of braces and get younger players to run for them!) by Anita Pettit

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here can you find softball players of a certain age (45+) still competing and having a great time in Rehoboth? The answer is the Little League fields on Holland Glade Road, behind the outlets. There are seven teams in this league: Alley Cats, Blue Herons, Delaware Diamonds, Olivia Shore Sharks, Revelation Rip Tide, Sea Gals, and Softball Rebels. The league does have some very specific rules to ensure safety of the players. Each team can have 20 players on their roster and they can play 11 in the field (yes, 11; five in the outfield). The team can bat all 20 players and there are special safety bases at first base and home plate to help avoid collisions. There is a five-run rule limit each inning, and if after five innings a team is ahead by 12 or more runs, the game is over. This past Tuesday, the Shore Sharks played against Revelation Rip Tide on field three. The Sharks’ manager, Deb Quaer travels from Dover for all games and practices. ley, said she credits her assistant coaches, Cathy Benson, Mel The team has two pitchers, Kit Ryan and Barb Ellis. Kit also Pereira, Ruth Silvis, and Gail Tannenbaum, and scorekeeper Evie Simmons, with the team’s success over the years. They have had sponsors the team (KMR Financial Network). While the Delaware Diamonds are a fairly new team, they managed to take third winning records most years and have taken first place for two place last year. years in a row. On other fields, the Blue Herons held batting practice. The Rina Pellegrini, the league commissioner, plays for the Blue Herons tied for first place last year and then Sharks, and is always available to help new went on to win a statewide tournament. The Blue players join this league. The Sharks have loyal Y O U H T R I H W EAR AY T PL Herons are managed and coached by Sharon fans like Joanne Yurik, Vicky Martina, and B T A F L L SO Kanter, who is in her sixth season with this team. Susan Jimenez, who show up every week and Sharon says the first few years were a little cheer for their team. The Sharks’ sponsor is 20 19 trying, but once they found their great pitcher, Olivia Travel and Linda Kemp of Olivia makes it they have been winning ever since. They have 17 to most games. SENIOR women on their roster, ranging in age from 50 to The first inning saw the Shore Sharks take 77 years. Sharon loves the excitement of being control of the game by scoring four runs and Games start at 6:20 p.m. out on the field and watching women have a leaving two runners on base. Then, Isabelle Orgreat time. every Tuesday evening tiz took over on the mound for the Sharks and And let’s not forget about the umpires: Tony delivered some outstanding pitching, shutting DeFazio, Rob Kern, and Debbie Hauth show up down the Diamonds with called third strikes. Check schedules, scores, records, every Tuesday and make all the calls. These As the game progressed, the Sharks continand rosters, and find out more about dedicated officials do it for the love of the game ued scoring most innings, with a solo home run the league by going to: (because it certainly isn’t for the “big pay”). by Jaimee Sheaffer which sailed over the fence www.leaguelineup.com/welcome. So, if you’re new to the area or have been to the accompaniment of cheering fans and asp?url=rehobothsenior around a while but haven’t explored senior womteammates. The final score was Sharks 12 and en’s softball at the beach, come on by to watch or Riptide 4. play. Head out to the fields and talk to Rina, Sharon, Deb, or any On field two, manager Dottie Pope gave her team, the Delof the other great women who play every Tuesday. You’ll find aware Diamonds, a pep talk. She has 15 players on her roster, friendly women who, regardless of age, still love to compete on ranging in age from 48 to 77 years. She has two great assistant the softball diamond. ▼ coaches, Dee Pecora and Barb Sweeney, who help with all aspects of team management. The scorekeeper is Karen Dorris, whose wife, Deb, plays for the team. Anita Petit is a former marketing executive and current small business Dottie says she has some of the most dedicated players on owner in Rehoboth and NJ. She’s played multiple sports all her life, but her team. One player travels to Rehoboth from Wilmington each now concentrates primarily on her golf game. Tuesday, barely making it in time for the first pitch, and one playLetters 14 JULY 12, 2019


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by Rich Barnett

Potato Salad: Do You Swallow or Spit?

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hen I was a boy, my Grandma Missy put the fear of God in me about other people’s potato salad. “Don’t you dare eat that,” she’d whisper menacingly into my ear while prying a fork out of my hand. “You don’t know how long it’s been sitting out.” Of course, the same logic never applied to her potato salad. Nothing epitomizes summertime eating like potato salad. No picnic or cookout is complete without it. In my family, it’s always been part of the High Holy Southern Summer Trinity along with fried chicken and watermelon. My Grandma Missy closely guarded her potato salad recipe as if it were a family heirloom. Though never written down or shared, her recipe was made with new potatoes, Duke’s mayonnaise, Mt. Olive sweet pickle relish, chopped up hard boiled eggs, yellow mustard, and a sprinkle of paprika. I know because I watched. My grandmother, like many Southern women, treated potato salad as if she had invented it. A proud Florida cracker, she disliked a lot of things— Catholics, Democrats, Georgia Bulldog football, Pepsi Cola, and uppity Yankees—I could go on. But she had a real distaste for foreigners and foreign things. I don’t think she ever truly forgave my father for the one time he purchased a Mercedes instead of a Cadillac. She was a Trumper before Trump. I would also venture to say she had no idea she owed her precious “tater salad” to two of the world’s great forces: globalization and immigration. The story of potato salad begins way back in the early 1500s when Spanish explorers brought the potato from Peru back to Spain. At first thought to be poisonous, the potato eventually caught on and spread through Europe, first as a livestock feed then as an important food staple. The potato was part of the “Columbian Exchange,” the vast spread of plants, culture, people, animals, diseases, ideas, and technology between the Americas, Europe and Africa. The first potatoes arrived in the Virginia Colony

Their recipes for hot potato salad made from cooked potatoes dressed with oil, vinegar, and herbs became the norm throughout the country until the rise of mayonnaise.

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around 1621 from Bermuda. The first permanent potato patches were established in New Hampshire. Cultivation then spread west. Potatoes grow underground and they don’t do well in the South because the soil gets too hot. Culinary historians believe potato salad came to these shores via German immigrants in the 1800s. Their recipes for hot potato salad made from cooked potatoes dressed with oil, vinegar, and herbs became the norm throughout the country until the rise of mayonnaise. Hot or cold, today we still call a vinegar-based potato salad “German potato salad.” Classic Southern-style potato salad like the kind my Grandma Missy used to make relies heavily on mayonnaise, an emulsion of oil, egg, lemon juice, vinegar, and seasonings created in France. Commercial mayonnaise was first produced and sold in Philadelphia and by Richard Hellmann in New York around 1907. Hellman—you guessed it— was a German immigrant. Duke’s Mayonnaise, a favorite of many Southerners, wasn’t even produced until the 1920s. The Mt. Olive relish and pickles my grandmother loved? A Lebanese immigrant in North Carolina, who saw an opportunity with the wasted cucumber crops of local farmers started the company. Let’s recap shall we? The potato salad Americans hold so near and dear to their hearts came to the United States with immigrants and is made using potatoes that originated in South America and is flavored with prepared mayonnaise and seasonings created by foreigners and immigrants. How about them potatoes? So, if you find yourself at a a summer picnic or BBQ with a Trumper or two and there is potato salad on the menu, I hope you’ll take a moment to share this little story of immigrant ingenuity. Personally, I’d recount it just as the Trumper has taken a big mouthful of potato salad. Then watch to see if the Trumper grimaces and swallows or spits it out in a napkin. Rude? Perhaps. But such good fun! Bon appétit. ▼ Rich Barnett is the author of The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town, and Fun with Dick and James.


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Out & Proud

by Stefani Deoul

June had Soccer, along with Stonewall

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his June, Stonewall turning 50 was exceptionally unbelievable and remarkably hard to believe. And I thank and celebrate every LGBTQ person and ally who was so fierce in the face of hate that night, and the next year, and the next. And I thank and celebrate those who carry that torch this year and in the years to come. However, believe it or not, Stonewall wasn’t all that was happening during Pride Month. There were two other events, intertwined quietly, one boisterous and loud, one a little more grounded. But they belong to each other in the most fundamental ways. First, the boisterous, aka the FIFA Women’s World Cup. As of press time, the United States made the quarter finals, having won over France and then bested England for a chance for the championship. And next, gliding seamlessly, quietly, nearly below the radar, but fully on display with every kick of that ball, Title IX celebrated its birthday, turning 47. And, while we think of Title IX as “the girls have to get an equal chance to play,” actually it’s the women, the girls, and the LGBTQ athletes bringing diverse, colorful cakes to this week’s party. Yes, Title IX was first passed to address widespread discrimination of women and girls in all aspects of their education. But it was so forward-thinking that many people, even those who have benefitted, do not realize Title IX protects against gender-based violence, sexual harassment and assault, stalking, dating violence, and protections for LGBTQ, gender-non conforming, and pregnant or parenting students to ensure equal education opportunities for all. Which brings us back to that quiet, impactful, support system of Title IX. Twenty of Canada’s 23 World Cup players competed or currently compete for Division I powerhouses. New Zealand brings their seven current or former NCAA players. So, when Canada and New Zealand played, 14 of the 22 starters (nine for Canada, five for New Zealand) come from NCAA

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Division I programs—programs that exist because Title IX paved that path. And, that’s not all. This year, we have 34 (!) out, queer women competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, along with one coach (American coach Jill Ellis), and one trainer. Would we be here without Stonewall and Title IX? I doubt it. As Megan Rapinoe answered when asked about playing during Pride Month, “Go gays! You can’t win a championship without gays on your team. It’s never been done before. That’s science right there.” And while we laugh and cheer her truth, and let’s be honest, our truth, we all should remember that without Title IX and Stonewall, she might not be so “open” about it.

As Megan Rapinoe answered when asked about playing during Pride Month, “Go gays! You can’t win a championship without gays on your team.” But, because there’s always a “but,” Title IX doesn’t protect women outside of school. And the women of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNST) are just one of the victims, being paid a pittance compared to the men. Last week, the US women’s soccer team and US Soccer Federation agreed to begin mediation in the lawsuit brought by all 28 players against their employer alleging gender discrimination. The Guardian got hold of and analyzed the collective bargaining agreements and found that while US women’s soccer players have earned about $90,000 each in World Cup bonuses so far, if they were men, their pay would have been $550,000 per person.

Now, before we get riled up, US Soccer has defended this practice by saying the pay gap is “based on differences in the aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex.” In plain English, their stance is men bring in more money, so they get paid more. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) now reports the USWNST games out-earned the male team from 2016 to 2018. That would be three year’s worth of revenue. The women’s team’s games generated $50.8 million compared to the men’s team’s games which made $49.9 million. The WSJ obtained US Soccer’s audited financial statements, and according to those, the women’s soccer team took home the World Cup in 2016, and “generated $1.9 million more than the men.” So there is that. But, in my opinion, the more important question is, why are we here? Why is it ever okay to pay women less than men for the same job? Why do we need to sue to be heard? Whatever happened to basic equal pay for equal work? So maybe the time is now. Maybe the true legacy of Stonewall 50 and Title IX 47 is having a group of women and men who came of age understanding equal pay for equal work should not be radical, but common sense fair. It’s time to pass the fundamentally human Equal Rights Amendment. So this year, maybe, you could skip the American football gear and buy a Rapinoe or Ali Kreiger football jersey, a Tobin Heath or Carli Lloyd mug, or an Alex Morgan or Crystal Dunn hat. Wear it out, wear it proud, and let the women of soccer today, and the ones to come, know we have their backs. ▼ Stefani Deoul is a television producer and author of the award-winning YA mystery series Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures, with On a LARP and Zero Sum Game.


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Straight Talk

by David Garrett

Another Brick in the Wall

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y step counter app crashed. The distance I walked in New York City on Sunday, June 30, exceeded the steps I had taken over the last month. (Note to self— go to NYC more often, so you know when to turn left and when to turn right at intersections.) After getting up at 5 a.m. that morning to be ready for the bus taking a full load of us to the Pride Parade, I was on my way to the Stonewall 50 version. In this intimate gathering of five million people, a few friends and I stood in the sun waiting—and waiting—for the parade to begin. My supply of water disappeared much quicker than my thirst. However, it was all worthwhile to watch the parade of humanity pass along the street. Chicks on bikes, drag queens strutting along, balloons tied together in the shape of the numbers 5 and 0, persons representing every L and G and B and T and Q walking proudly down the street. Ninety minutes later, I was ready to sit down and give my trusty feet a break. Having consumed a delicious meal at Foragers Restaurant, I was ready to reboot the step app and make my way to the Stonewall Inn and its corresponding monument, where it all began 50 years ago. The friends who accompanied me along this trek were as eager as I was to pay homage to the home of gay rights. We had to stay in touch by phone several times to find each other. Though we attempted to stay together, it was all too easy to stop and people watch or chat with some friendly Prider, and suddenly we were separated once again. We were finally within striking distance of the Stonewall Inn. But what was that line of people wrapped around the block? Oh—it was the line to get inside! Well, okay, we could forsake sitting at the bar for sitting at the Stonewall monument. We went through the gauntlet of a crush of people coming opposite our destination in order to get closer to the monument. “Officer, what

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do you mean, we cannot go down this street to get to the monument? We have to get there! It is our civic duty to have our picture taken at the monument. Our Facebook posts will not be complete without this picture!” Reality finally set in and we begrudgingly accepted the fact that neither the Stonewall Inn nor monument were ours for this particular day. Now, we have HOW many blocks to walk back to meet our bus? One foot in front of the other, one foot in front…. As our fellow passengers gathered on the street waiting for our bus to arrive, we compared notes on what we saw, who we saw, where we stood for the parade, and what our favorite encounters were. I was satisfied that my friends and I had gotten our money’s worth on this trip from Rehoboth. This was Stonewall, 2019.

We begrudgingly accepted the fact that neither the Stonewall Inn nor monument were ours for this particular day. Then there was Stonewall, 1969. It was quite a different era for the gay world. Because it would cost them their careers, their (hetero) marriages, and sometimes their very lives, many gay people found support, camaraderie, and solace at gay bars. Larger cities like New York provided better cover than the dives in rural and small towns across this country. The police felt it was their duty to raid gay bars and arrest a dozen or so attendees, then lay low for another week

or two before the next raid. The police took too much pleasure in clubbing their queer subjects. At this time, queer was a much more pejorative term than today. But suddenly things changed. Enough was enough. It was time to do something about the constant harassment and quite unnecessary raids. The LGBTQ community was not the sick, mentally disturbed people the straight world claimed they were. They were not criminals. They fought back. The “fairies” had never before given resistance to police action, but this time they did. Back to 2019. This straight writer is adamant about not only being an ally for the LGBTQ spectrum, but being an advocate. For those who have read previous “Straight Talk” columns, take note that I usually write in third person, avoiding direct personal commentary. This time it is different. My support for and advocacy of LGBTQ rights IS very personal. My best friends are LGBTQ. My heart is with them in any hurdles they may encounter as they attempt to live their lives. Stonewall Inn is the symbol of gay rights and gay acceptance and participation in the normal life of any person in this country. I am adding another brick in the wall of StoneWALL Inn. I am usually not one for walls, but Stonewall, here I am! And I hope to actually see it next time! ▼ David Garrett is a straight advocate for equality and inclusion. He is also the proud father of an adult transdaughter. Email David Garrrett at dlgarrett4rb@gmail.com.


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FIVE REASONS

Sitting at the Bar Is the Best Way to Dine by Mikey Rox Booths may be the most popular seating option at restaurants, but dining at the bar has more benefits than you may realize. Here are five.

1

You’ll receive faster service

Wait staff that serve the main dining floor have several to many tables each, and it’s sometimes difficult to receive the attention you need when their hands are literally full throughout your experience at that restaurant. That’s not to say that the bar doesn’t get busy too—it does—but at least there you have a dedicated bartender or more who is constantly scanning the length to see who needs what. Lock eyes or raise a finger and you’re good to go. The bar also is a better option if you’re in a hurry. You usually receive your food and drinks much faster compared to sitting at a full-service table or booth, which can be helpful if you need to dine and dash—after you’ve paid for everything (plus tip!), of course.

2

Eye candy is up close and personal

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a pair of their own to gawk at? Thus, if you enjoy a little eye candy while satisfying your nutritional cravings, belly up.

3

Food and drinks are often cheaper

I practice what I preach in my other life as a personal finance expert, and I’m always looking for deals and discounts when I dine out. The best way to score those savings is usually at happy hour,

What we both love about bar seating is that we can be closer than if we were seated opposite another. which requires bar seating to qualify for limited-time food and drink specials. Even outside of happy hour, bar-only menus typically feature lesser-priced items than the regular menu. Making a meal out of a couple of those dishes will save you cash over buying a fullfledged entrée.

4

You can be more affectionate and romantic

My boyfriend and I almost exclusively sit at the bar when we dine out, save for a couple special occasions a year where we like to switch it up and be a bit more traditional at a cozy table.

What we both love about bar seating is that we can be closer than if we were seated opposite another. We like to canoodle, put our arms around each other’s shoulders, and rest our hands on each other’s thighs. The seemingly inconsequential decision on where to sit when we dine out helps us maintain a certain closeness—figuratively and literally—which is very important to our relationship. Spending an hour or two at the bar is a simple way to accomplish that.

5

You’ll meet new people and make new friends

My boyfriend was a server at a restaurant when I met him while dining at the bar with a couple buddies, so, yeah, I’m a bit biased on its benefits. But you can’t deny that in a restaurant setting the bar is where social people make connections. I’ve met friends, business contacts, one-night stands, and longterm lovers while noshing on halfprice apps and dollar-off drafts at the bar—connections I would have denied myself had I been dining in another location.▼ Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist whose work has been published in more than 100 outlets across the world. He spends his time writing from the beach with his dog Jaxon. Connect with Mikey on Instagram @mikeyrox.


Eating Out

by Fay Jacobs

The Seafood Diet: You See Food; You Eat It.

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Blue crab pickin’ is a true-blue Delaware/Maryland thing, so be glad you’re on the Eastern Shore and have at it! Three cheers for Old Bay seasoning.

ell, that old joke’s been around for years. But here in Sussex County, an actual seafood diet would be glorious. There’s so much to choose from. And whether it’s tourists seeking the perfect vacation meal, or locals chowing down on crabs, oysters, or haddock, there’s something here for everyone. In fact, the bounty is so vast, it’s just not possible to note all the amazing restaurants and choices on our various seafood menus. But Letters sure can mention some favorite dishes for this official foodie issue.

Hard-Shell Crabs: If I had a Hammer

Around here, there are so many places to get a dozen or a whole bushel and take out your frustrations with a wooden mallet. These days, our steamed crabs are coming from the Chesapeake Bay, down South, or catch-ityourselfers in Rehoboth Bay or Indian River. You can hammer away in downtown Rehoboth at Claws, and the new Steamin’ Blues on Baltimore Avenue. Hard shells are readily available on Route One at The Crab House, Crabby Dick’s, Beaches Seafood Restaurant, Surfin’ Crab, and Lazy Susan; and I bet there are more with hard-shell crabs on the menu. Beaches is my personal favorite. It used to be Jimmy Lynn’s take out for fresh-caught Chesapeake Bay crabs. Now, they get the same great crabs and have added a casual restaurant. Blue crab pickin’ is a true-blue Delaware/ Maryland thing, so be glad you’re on the Eastern Shore and have at it! Three cheers for Old Bay seasoning.

Steamed in the Pot

Superstars include Henlopen Oyster House’s Steamed Oysters in natural liquor with lemon and drawn butter, and awesome Middleneck Clams; Matt’s Fish Camp has steamed oysters galore. And I cannot say enough about Mason’s on Rehoboth Avenue. Get the New England Lobster Roll, which consists of gobs of lobster just dripping in butter. At Salt Air, find authentic PEI Mussels with Grilled Ciabatta.

Fried and Fresh

There’s the remarkable Crispy Jumbo Whole Black Sea Bass at Confucius, and the absolutely authentic British Fish and Chips at Go Fish; try the simple and delicious fried fish sandwich at the Purple Parrot along with their crunchy clam strips. Iguana Grill has tasty fried Grouper Fingers, and of course fish tacos, while Rigby’s boasts Fried Shrimp with Smoked Grit Cakes. And Aqua’s Crab Cake and Sweet Potato Fries are fab!

Broiled, Grilled, and Bountiful

Back Porch’s Seared Dayboat Scallops with Thai Red Curry are legendary, as are the Dos Locos Scallop Fajitas. The Pines has a stunning Seared Tuna with grilled watermelon; and bravo for Herb Grilled Maryland Rockfish at Henlopen Oyster House. For tapas, there’s the Spanish Grilled Shrimp at Café Azafran.

Singular and Stupendous

Blue Moon’s Maryland Crab Fondue, with crab, brie, Old Bay, Roasted Garlic on Sourdough toast is a classic; Chesapeake Fisherman’s Stew at Palate rocks, while Just in Thyme has Cajun Shrimp Remoulade with Fried Green Tomatoes. Have you sampled the Calamari Fritti with Marinara at Lupo? Ahhhh… And if clam chowder calls, Matt’s Fish Camp has it, with plenty of sherry. Let’s face it, I could go on for days. Our Rehoboth/Lewes/Milton seafood is what our visitors crave and our locals adore. But I cannot close without giving a nod to Lori’s in the courtyard for her Smoked Salmon Plate (my lox and bagel soul food) and her Whitefish Salad Platter. Now that’s a breakfast. I wish I had room to mention so many more wonderful dishes at our famous restaurants. But alas, I can only suggest that you seafood and eat it. Sussex country is one great catch. ▼

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BOARDWALK Food Primer by Letters’ Staff

(Because it Took a Village to Eat it All)

Celebrate Letters’ foodie issue by dining al fresco on   Join throngs the boards.     of vacationers, beach food aficionados, locals who know just what’s best, and flocks of seagulls on a foray into boardwalk dining. So slide into a pair of flip flops, get ready to people watch, and let’s get eating!

ONE R NUMBER Life’s uncertain—eat dessert first. There’s a zillion kinds of ice cream, U frozen custard, candy, ices, cotton candy, sodas, milk shakes, and other L sweets. When’s the last time you had a hot funnel cake? It’s amazing. E Try to wear white clothing, though. Or you’ll be visibly speckled with

confectioner’s sugar for the rest of the day. Three words of advice if you want to take your fried dough cake to the next level: Just add toppings. A s’mores inspired cake comes with the classic chocolate, marshmallows, and graham cracker toppings. Hello, sugar high! That’s not all that’s fried next to the dunes—fried Oreos are sure to be a conversation starter. Are you a cream-filled cookie fan looking to skip the fryer? Swing by Candy Kitchen for their chocolate-covered Oreos. Simply divine.

NUMBER TWO

Carbohydrate load, even if you are not a marathoner. Although getting through the whole boardwalk on a food junket takes training. Try a jumbo soft pretzel, a homemade donut, and of course, beach fries. But be careful. If you walk with a bucket of Thrasher’s merely steps away from the storefront, the seagulls will swoop down and take your fries, and possibly your index finger and wedding ring. Outsmart them by walking away from the ocean with their prey. This strategy worked perfectly when the Letters staff conquered a bucket of fries. If you’re nervous about sharing we recommend a bucket or cup of fries per pair of hands. After one delicious fry, you’ll find greediness takes over. And don’t forget pizza. Tomato pie with cheese abounds on the boards. It’s yummy, messy, and absolutely required for a complete boardwalk culinary tour.

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Enjoy a slice as you stroll along or carry the large square box somewhat awkwardly back to your car while swerving through the crowded sidewalks. Sample Grotto’s on the boards or Louie’s and Nicola’s just a few steps up Rehoboth Avenue.

NUMBER THREE

Round out your meal by adding protein to your carbs with pepperoni on that pizza. Or go with Gus & Gus’s fried chicken and crab cakes, any number of available corn dogs, burgers, or Coney Island franks, shrimp snacks, grinders, or Philly cheesesteaks. Talk about a main course. Once your hands are full, shove some napkins in your pocket and grab a white bench. Flip the bench back for an ocean view or a bandstand view and chow down.

NUMBER FOUR

There are no rules! Go and enjoy every morsel and don’t worry about the calories. The boardwalk is one mile long, so tack on a lap or two to make room for more. ▼

— IT’S LOUIE!— Lazaros “Louie” Gouvas came to Rehoboth, more than 50 years ago from Greece to work for his Uncle George who owned George’s Lunch, first on Rehoboth Avenue and then on the North Boardwalk. Gone now, George’s Lunch was one of many Rehoboth restaurants opened by Greek Americans. George put Louie to work even though Louie didn’t know how to make pizza. According to Louie’s son Tim, George said “Give me a week, you’ll be a pizza-making expert.” It worked! In April 1974, after eight years at George’s, Louie started Louie’s Pizza at 11 Rehoboth Ave. While his sons, Tony and Tim, have taken over much of the day-today management of Louie’s, the family patriarch still comes to work every morning. Letters captured Louie last week, biking to work, more than a half-century after he first arrived in Rehoboth.▼

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FARM FRESH

by Michel Gilles

Fresh Food, Fun, and Farmers

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pparently, I have never been to a farmers market. My spouse, who has known me half my life, says so, so it must be true. “But what about the Corn Lady, who sells the magnificent corn we eat every week during the corn season?” She looks at me like I am the village idiot. “That is a produce stand.” “Oh,” I say, having no idea what she’s getting at. So, a produce stand consists of one farmer selling fruits or vegetables of the day. A farmers market, she patiently explains, consists of “vendors, lots of them, each selling their own stuff.” “Stuff, what stuff?” I ask. And the next minute I’m being whisked off to my first farmers market. She decides on the Rehoboth Farmers Market. All that means is that she will shop and I will find a place to sit down and wait. I mean, a vegetable is a vegetable. I’ve had plenty of them in my lifetime, so I know what I’m talking about. I will admit now that I don’t know what I’m talking about. First thing we do is chat with Pat Coluzzi, the Market Master, who created this market 14 years ago with 14 vendors and which now boasts 45. Farmers come from as much as 100 miles away to sell their “stuff,” a term I will not be using any more. The items these vendors are putting out in front of me are a surprise—a happy one. So I’m talking with Pat, who is telling me about the flash mob they had a few weeks back. I hear a singer-guitarist playing somewhere in the distance, which catches my ear. Then Pat says something about pizza and popcorn, and I’m off. I did say thank you. It turns out that a farmers market is really interesting. As I am running down the aisle towards the pizza oven, I find myself stopping from table to table, encountering a dizzying array of offerings, and friendly vendors telling me things I didn’t have any idea about.

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I hope I know more about parenting, or sports, than I do about farmers market fare. Did you know that Tunisian olive oil (sold by an actual Tunisian vendor and the first Tunisian I have ever met) is really special? Did you know there are at least five different kinds of blueberries? I thought there was only one kind, the little blue ones that look like berries. Now, I can name five: Duke, Spartan, Draper, Blueray, and Bluecrop. I can’t decide whether they’re named after dogs or video equipment. And there’s more! Patty pan squash is round and flat. Broccoli crowns can be the size of bowling balls. Green beans are

Now, I can name five: Duke, Spartan, Draper, Blueray, and Bluecrop. I can’t decide whether they’re named after dogs or video equipment

really long. Different kinds of honey are made by bees working on different kinds of flowers. And if you ever want to use a vegetable as a weapon, choose rhubarb. Who knew it looked like that? There are all kinds of nature-made foods here. Vegetables (organic, hydroponic, and the kind I usually eat). Breads and pastries. Herbs and spices. Anything you can fit in a jar. Even doggie shampoo. This is Rehoboth, after all. And the vendors are fascinating. Ada’s is run by Mary Ada. Ada is her grandmother, and Mary sells things made from her grandma’s recipes. Duane drives 68 miles to get to Rehoboth with his farm fresh eggs, leaving Nanticoke at 6:30 in the morning (I didn’t even know there was a 6:30 in the morning). Claudia comes from Philadelphia to sell “smackaroons,” and thanks to me, she almost runs out of samples. Henry, who works Bennett Orchards in Frankford, has the best blueberries south of Maine. Paul is a personal chef, sommelier, and guitarist. And the Clucas family might have the best story. Dad Clucas fishes for salmon in Alaska, which he vacuum-packs and sends to his daughter to sell here. Now that’s a family business! So what are the best things about a farmers market? Every vendor I chat with comes up with the same three answers. Fresh food, a sense of community, and happy customers. I would venture a fourth answer, the pizza. As one vendor says, “who comes to a farmers market and isn’t happy?” I know now that I’d never been to a farmers market. But apparently, now I have. There are several nice farmers markets in our area. The Rehoboth Farmers Market is full of surprises and really fun to run through. It’s open every Tuesday in-season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s located in Grove Park behind the Visitor Center right off the circle. Free parking!!! Great playground there for the kids. Have a blueberry on me! ▼


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health+wellness Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks…. by Marj Shannon

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f you’re one of those folks who thinks funnel cakes, French fries, ice cream, and cotton candy are the four basic food groups—this column probably is not going to resonate with you. Nor will it if you worship at the altar of the dietary holy trinity: salt, butter, and sugar. On the other hand, I’m not going to insist you grow your own, pick your own, ingest only certified organic foodstuffs, or adhere to a vegetarian diet. I am, however, going to run through a few ideas for healthy eating. These derive from a variety of sources, including the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Mayo Clinic, American Heart Association, and Michael Pollan (Food Rules and other books). So: What to eat? Mr. Pollan has some useful, succinct advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mainly plants.” Let’s see where that takes us.

Eat Food

Well—duh! But hold on: it may be you eat less actual food than you think. Do you consume lots of prepared foods? Especially ones that are highly processed? Not that “processed” means “evil.” The USDA includes even such desirable features as washing, cleaning, chopping, pasteurizing, or cooking within its definition of “processing” food. Clearly, we all process food at home—and a good thing, too. Somehow those just-harvested carrots lack appeal if the dirt from which they were plucked still clings to them. However, processing often goes well beyond the minimal level represented by, say, bagged spinach, cut veggies, or shelled/roasted nuts. As you slide down that slope, you move from: → Foods processed at their peak to lockin nutritional value and freshness (e.g., canned tomatoes and frozen fruits and veggies), to → Those with ingredients added for flavor and texture (jarred pasta sauce, salad dressing, yogurt), to → Ready-to-eat foods (crackers, chips, Letters 50 JULY 12, 2019

and deli meat), finally arriving at → The most highly-processed foods, such as frozen pizzas and microwaveable dinners. One way to find less-processed food? Shop the perimeter of the grocery. That’s typically where you’ll find the produce, dairy, meat/fish/poultry, frozen foods, and (be careful here) the bakery. And choose the least-processed foodstuffs available—e.g., the veggies and fruits that have been washed-andcut, but not the fruit salad that comes complete with sugary syrup. Avoid the pre-marinated meat, the hotdogs, the sausages. Skip the frozen fish sticks in favor of filets. Take home a raw chicken v. a bag of processed tenders. Go with the pasteurized, calcium- and vitamin D-fortified milk, but not the cheese “spreads.” Try for freshly-baked wholegrain breads. Look for washed and cut frozen veggies and fruits without added salt, sugar, dressings, fats, or syrups. When you have to make a foray into the aisles—after all, that’s where the canned tomatoes and spices and oils live—read labels! Ingredients are listed in order of quantity; for example, if “tomatoes” are listed first, then there are more tomatoes in that can than any other ingredient. Read closely—salt and sugar can go by many names. And trans fats are listed by names like “hydrogenated oil,” not as trans fats. Perhaps surprisingly, you can’t just toss into your basket products which are labeled “organic” or “natural,” and assume you’re doing well by your body. Those words don’t equate to “good for you.” Honey (aka sugar), after all, is natural. So is salt. “Natural” means only that the product contains no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And “organic” covers a lot of territory, from a product that has met the USDA requirements which allow it to carry a USDA seal labeling it as “certified organic,” to one from a producer who makes less than $5,000 per year in sales from organic food, so is exempt from the

USDA certification process. That small producer can still label her produce as “organic,” but cannot use the USDA organic seal. By the way—products labeled as “free range” or “hormone-free” do not imply the producer adheres to organic certification requirements. They may—or may not. Look for the USDA organic seal on that free-range chicken, if organic is important to you.

Not Too Much

There’s ample evidence (pardon the pun) that too many of us are failing to embrace this part of Mr. Pollan’s maxim. Per the results of a 2017 survey done in Delaware (in partnership with the CDC), 69 percent of Delawareans age 18 or older were overweight or obese. Nearly three-quarters of men (73 percent) were among those folks, as were almost twothirds (64 percent) of women. In the case of women, the statewide survey results were quite similar to the results of CAMP Rehoboth’s own 2017 survey, in which 63 percent of women reported they were overweight or obese. It was a very different story for the men, though: In the CAMP Rehoboth survey, a far lower percentage—41 percent—reported being overweight or obese. Way to go, guys! But still—41 percent? That’s a lot of men. So—how much is “too much”? Specific numbers of servings of specific types of foods depend on the diet you’re following. If it’s the Mediterranean diet, you’ll aim for seven to 10 servings per day of fruit and vegetables, eat fish twice per week, and almost always substitute (more) fish, poultry, or beans for red meat. You’ll opt for whole grains, enjoy some dairy—such as low-fat yogurt and small amounts of cheese—and use healthy fats, such as olive oil. If you’re a vegetarian, then Loma Linda University’s food pyramid is helpful in achieving a healthy balance, meanwhile getting the nutrients you need. It calls for five to 12 servings of whole grains per


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day, one to three servings of legumes and soy, three to four of fruits, six to nine of veggies, and one to two servings of nuts and seeds. But wait—what’s a “serving”? The American Heart Association provides some helpful hints: A serving of fresh fruit is about the size of your fist, e.g., one medium-sized apple or peach or orange, one small banana, or 16 grapes. One-half cup of frozen or canned fruit is a serving, as is one-quarter cup of dried fruit or fruit juice. A cup of raw leafy veggies is a serving; so too are six to eight broccoli or cauliflower florets, or half of a large sweet potato. One-half cup of frozen or canned veggies is a serving, as is one-quarter cup of vegetable juice. You get the idea: “too much” is way less than we’d thought (or hoped) it was.

Mostly Plants

As to the final part of Mr. Pollan’s advice: He didn’t say “only plants.” He leaves room for some meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. He does that for a reason: It can be hard to get all your essential nutrients from a diet lacking those ready sources of protein. And, some

riched and fortified products—e.g., soy products, juices, and cereals—are one source; supplements are another, if diet alone doesn’t provide sufficient quantities of these essential elements.

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of us just like the occasional steak or drumstick or crab or omelet. For those of us who are still eating those things—a serving is about the size of a deck of cards. One egg is a serving. Less-restrictive vegetarians—e.g., some eat fish; some are fine with eggs and dairy; others are okay with eggs or dairy—have a somewhat easier time finding and consuming sufficient nutrients. Vegans—who avoid meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, and even foods which contain eggs or dairy—will have to work the hardest. Calcium-en-

Pretty much every food pyramid recognizes the need for an occasional indulgence. At the pointy little tip, there’s a mention of “sugars” or “sweets.” True, it usually includes mention of (or at least implies) zero daily servings. But zero daily does not have to be read as zero weekly or monthly or annually. So enjoy that corn dog! Savor that sundae! Just recognize these for what they are: treats. Not (sad to say) dietary staples. Bon appétit! ▼ Marj Shannon is an epidemiologist and wordsmith who has devoted her life to minutiae. She reports that yes, the devils are in the details. Aren’t they always?

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CAMP REHOBOTH BEACH GUIDE

WHERE TO GO WHAT TO DO

Visit the Business Partner Directory on the CAMP Rehoboth website to find links to these area businesses in BOLD. The Guide includes: Food and Wine, Shopping, Lodging, and Services—all at camprehoboth.com. REHOBOTH RETAIL SHOPS Atlantic Jewelry, 313 S. Boardwalk...............................................302-226-0675 Atlantique, 39 Baltimore Ave.........................................................302-727-5575 Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave.......................................302-226-2665 Gallery 50, 50 Wilmington Ave......................................................302-227-2050 New Wave Spas, 20660 Coastal Hwy............................................302-227-8484 Ocean Boulevard Furniture, 19803 Hebron Rd.............................302-645-2626 One Day At A Time Gifts, 46-B Baltimore Ave................................302-212-5632 Shademakers, 33 Baltimore Ave....................................................302-226-2222 The Linen Outlet, 19269 Coastal Hwy...........................................302-727-5362

The Pines, 56 Baltimore Avenue....................................................302-567-2726 The Pond, First & Rehoboth Ave....................................................302-227-2234

BEACH AREA LODGING At Melissa’s B&B, 36 Delaware Ave...............................................302-227-7504 Atlantic Sands Hotel, Boardwalk & Baltimore Ave.........................302-227-2511 Atlantis Inn, 154 Rehoboth Ave.....................................................302-227-9446 Breakers Hotel, 105 2nd St & Baltimore Ave.................................302-227-6688 Canalside Inn, 34 6th St.................................................................866-412-2625 Rehoboth Guest House, 40 Maryland Ave.....................................302-227-4117 Sea ‘n Stars Guest Suites, 44 Delaware Ave.................................302-226-2742 Summer Place Hotel, 1st St & Olive Ave........................................302-226-0766 The Shore Inn, 37239 Rehoboth Ave Ext.......................................302-227-8487

LEWES FOOD & DRINK Go Brit, 18388 Coastal Hwy...........................................................302-644-2250 Matt’s Fish Camp, 34401 Tenley Ct...............................................302-644-2267

OTHER AREA FOOD & DRINK Bluecoast Seafood, 1111 Hwy One, Bethany................................302-539-7111 Catch 54, 54 Madison Ave, Fenwick..............................................302-436-8600 Matt’s Fish Camp, 28635 Coastal Hwy, Bethany...........................302-539-2267

SERVICES AT THE BEACH BUILDING/CLEANING/REMODELING/LANDSCAPING

A.G. Renovations ...........................................................................302-947-4096 Country Life Homes, 34882 Picnic Basket Ct................................302-231-5001 Paint & Patches................................................................... 302-827-7393 Randall-Douglas.............................................................................302-245-1439

Unfinished Business, Rt. 1 behind Panera Bread..........................302-645-8700

Ron’s Repairs..................................................................................302-727-3591

Ward Ellinger Gallery, 39 Baltimore Ave........................................302-227-2710

CHURCHES/SYNAGOGUES

REHOBOTH FOOD & DRINK 1776 Steakhouse, Midway Shopping Center................................302-645-9355 Aqua, 57 Baltimore Ave.................................................................302-226-9001 Back Porch Café, 59 Rehoboth Ave...............................................302-227-3674 Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave........................................................302-227-6515 Café Azafran, 18 Baltimore Ave.....................................................302-227-8100 Café Papillon, Penny Lane Mall......................................................302-227-7568 Cuveé Ray Wine Bar & Restaurant, 236 Rehoboth Ave.................302-567-2942 Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave................................302-227-0818 Dos Locos, 208 Rehoboth Ave............................................. 302-227-3353 Go Fish, 24 Rehoboth Ave..............................................................302-226-1044 Goolee’s Grille, 11 South 1st St.....................................................302-227-7653 Iguana Grill, 52 Baltimore Ave.......................................................302-727-5273 Just In Thyme, 38163 Robinsons Dr..............................................302-227-3100 Lori’s Café, 39 Baltimore Ave.........................................................302-226-3066

All Saints’ Episcopal, 18 Olive Ave.................................................302-227-7202 Epworth UMC, 19285 Holland Glade Rd.......................................302-227-7743 Grace of God Lutheran, ELCA, 20689 Shoppes at Long Neck.......302-947-1044 M.C.C. of Rehoboth, 19369 Plantation Rd.....................................302-645-4945 Seaside Jewish Community, 18970 Holland Glade Rd..................302-226-8977 St. Peter’s Episcopal, 2nd & Market Sts, Lewes.............................302-645-8479 Unitarian Universalist, 30486 Lewes-G’Town Hwy........................302-313-5838 Unity of Rehoboth, 98 Rudder Rd, Millsboro.................................717-579-2612 Westminster Presbyterian, 301 King Charles Ave.........................302-227-2109

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

AARP of Delaware (age 50+)..........................................................866-227-7441 ACLU of DE—Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights Project............................302-654-3966 CAMP Chorus—Program of CAMP Rehoboth.................................302-227-5620 CAMP Rehoboth—LGBTQ Community Service Org........................302-227-5620 CAMP Rehoboth Families—LGBTQ parents connect......................302-227-5620

Loves Liquors, LLC, 305c Rehoboth Ave........................................302-227-6966

CAMP Rehoboth Parents of Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Children............................................302-227-5620

Lupo Italian Kitchen, 247 Rehoboth Ave.......................................302-226-2240

Cape Henlopen Senior Center—Rehoboth (age 50+)....................302-227-2055

Palate Bistro, 19266 Coastal Hwy.................................................302-249-8489

CHEER Centers of Sussex County (age 50+)..................................302-515-3040

Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-226-1139

Delaware Aging & Disability Resource Center...............................800-223-9074

Rigby’s, 404 Rehoboth Ave............................................................302-227-6080

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Shorebreak Lodge, 10 Wilmington Ave.........................................302-227-1007


Delaware Human Relations Commission Housing & public accommodation............................................877-544-8626 Delaware Information Line............................................................................2-1-1 Delaware Pride—Community events, annual Pride Festival..........302-265-3020 Delaware Transgender Resources—transdelaware.net, delawarelgbtq@gmail.com Delaware Transgender Support.....................................................302-402-3033 Gay/Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous—add’l schedules..................302-856-6452

Saturdays 6 pm: Epworth UMC, 19285 Holland Glade Rd (step meeting)

Saturdays 7:30 pm: All Saints’ Church, 18 Olive Ave (step meeting)

Tuesdays noon: St. Peter’s Church, 211 Mulberry St, Lewes (step meeting)

Thursdays noon: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (open discussion)

Sundays 9am: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (open discussion)

Tuesdays 8pm: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (Young Persons)

Christiana Care LGBTQ Health Initiatives.......................................302-733-1227 Delaware HIV Consortium - Statewide..........................................302-654-5471 Delaware Hospice..........................................................................800-838-9800 National Alliance on Mental Illness of DE (NAMI)...........................302-427-0787 Rehoboth Beach Dental, 19643 Blue Bird Ln....................... 302-226-0300 Steven B. Wright, D.M.D., 18912 J.J. Williams Hwy............. 302-645-6671

INSURANCE

Eric Blondin, State Farm...................................................... 302-644-3276 George Bunting, State Farm................................................ 302-227-3891 Jeanine O’Donnell, State Farm............................................ 302-645-7283

LEGAL/ACCOUNTING/TRUST SERVICES

Steven Falcone CPA, Taxes & Planning..........................................302-644-8634

Gay Men’s Discussion Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth.........302-227-5620

Lawson Firm, 402 Rehoboth Ave...................................................302-226-3700

Lesbian Support Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth..................302-227-5620

LOCKSMITHS

Lewes Senior Activity Center (age 50+).........................................302-645-9293 LGBTQ Student Union—University of DE, Newark.........................302-831-8066 Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth................................................302-645-7449 PFLAG-Rehoboth—2nd Tuesdays, Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes............................................................302-841-1339 SLAA and SAA—Thursdays, 7:30 pm, All Saints’ Church 18 Olive Ave ............................................................................302-745-7929 Social Security Administration—Lewes office................................800-772-1213 TransLiance of DE—Rehoboth—4th Tuesdays at 7 pm, MCC of Rehoboth; contact: TransLiance@gmail.com

COUNSELING/THERAPY/LIFE COACH

Kevin J. Bliss, Personal/Professional Coaching.............................302-754-1954

EVENT PLANNING/CATERING

Big Fish Catering................................................................. 302-226-5500 Flair................................................................................................302-930-0709 Palate Bistro & Catering.................................................................302-249-8489 Plate Catering.................................................................................302-644-1200

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Bell Rock Capital, 19606 Coastal Hwy..........................................302-227-7608 Community Pride Financial............................................................302-227-2939 County Bank, 19927 Shuttle Rd.......................................... 302-226-9800 Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley.........................................................302-644-6620

FLORISTS

Windsor’s Florist, 20326 Coastal Hwy...........................................302-227-9481

FUNERAL SERVICES

Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium................................ 302-645-9520

Rock Lock/Robin Rohr/Your Community Locksmith.......................302-386-9166

MASSAGE THERAPY/FITNESS

Midway Fitness & Racquetball, Midway Center.............................302-645-0407 One Spirit Massage, 169 Rehoboth Ave........................................302-226-3552 Rehoboth Massage/Alignment.......................................................302-727-8428

PET RETAIL

All Dried Out, 149 Rehoboth Ave......................................... 484-667-7122 Critter Beach, 156 Rehoboth Ave..................................................302-226-2690 Pet Portraits by Monique................................................................717-650-4626 Salty Paws, 149 Rehoboth Ave............................................ 484-667-7122

PET SERVICES

Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd, G’twn.......... 302-856-6361 Delaware Humane Association, 18675 Coastal Hwy........... 302-200-7159 Parsell Pet Crematorium, 16961 Kings Hwy, Lewes............ 302-645-7445

REAL ESTATE

Allen Jarmon, RE/MAX, 317 Rehoboth Ave...................................302-227-4800 Bill Peiffer, Patterson Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy....................302-703-6987 Chris Beagle, Berkshire Hathaway, 37230 Rehoboth Ave............302-227-6101 Debbie Reed Team, 319 Rehoboth Ave.........................................800-263-5648 Eric Atkins, Patterson-Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy...................302-727-1456 Hugh Fuller, Realtor........................................................................302-745-1866 John Black, Patterson Schwartz, 18958 Coastal Hwy...................302-703-6987 Lana Warfield, Berkshire Hathaway, 37230 Rehoboth Ave...........302-227-6101 Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, 16698 Kings Hwy....................... 302-645-6664 Lingo Realty, 246 Rehoboth Ave....................................................302-227-3883 McGuiness Group, 246 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-227-3883

HAIR SALONS/TATTOO & PIERCING

Randy Mason/Shirley Kalvinsky, Lingo Realty................................302-227-3883

Gregory Meyers Hair Studio, 20245 Bay Vista Rd & Rt 1..............302-727-5331

Troy Roberts, Mann & Sons, 414 Rehoboth Ave............................302-228-7422

Stephan & Co Salon & Spa, 19266 Coastal Hwy................... 302-260-9478

TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION

Beach Cuts, 214 Rehoboth Ave.................................................... 302-226-ROBB

Sea Bova Associates, 20250 Coastal Hwy........................... 302-227-1222

HEALTH-RELATED

Accent On Travel, 37156 Rehoboth Ave.............................. 302-278-6100

AIDS Delaware – New Castle County............................................302-652-6776

ITN Southern Delaware (age 60+ or disabled)...............................302-448-8486

AIDS Delaware – Kent & Sussex Counties.....................................302-226-3519

CHEER Transportation (age 50+)....................................................302-856-4909

AIDS Hotline – Delaware statewide...............................................800-422-0429

Jolly Trolley Shuttle from Rehoboth Ave & Boardwalk...................302-644-0400

Beebe Healthcare, 26744 J.J. Williams Hwy.................................302-645-3300

POPULAR LGBTQ BEACHES

CAMPsafe AIDS education & prevention program of CAMP Rehoboth........................................................................302-227-5620 Christiana Care HIV Wellness Clinic ..............................................302-933-3420

Poodle Beach, south end of the Rehoboth Boardwalk Cape Henlopen State Park, Ocean Dr north to Cape Henlopen State Park. Daily parking rate in effect March-November

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CAMP Rehoboth Volunteer Opportunities JUL 20: THE KINSEY SICKS AUG 25: LAND & SEA RACING FESTIVAL AUG 30-SEP 2: SUNDANCE AUCTION & DANCE OCT 20: CAMP REHOBOTH BLOCK PARTY DEC 1: WORLD AIDS DAY

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Deep Inside Hollywood Jill Soloway Teams Up with Red Sonja

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ou can probably thank Wonder Woman for the renewed interest in rebooting Red Sonja, the 1985 Brigitte Nielsen/Arnold Schwarzenegger action flop-turned-cult-film. And it was the perfect opportunity for Millennium Films to cast a vote of confidence in a female writer-director. This is, of course, what happened when they chose Transparent creator Jill Soloway as the person to run the show. There’s no doubt there will be an aura of queer energy coming off of this production, so suddenly we’re interested in yet another superhero movie. Casting will ramp up to find a woman to play Red Sonja—the comic book heroine of the 1970s whose stories have continued to this day—and though we have no idea who it should be, we will be on Twitter loudly complaining about any choice that isn’t Beyonce or Gaga. That’s how it works now. ▼

The Prom Dances Over to Netflix

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he Prom, the adorable queer teen Broadway show that makes audiences cheer and cry, is coming to Netflix. It’s about time, really: streaming theater makes a lot of sense for audiences who’ll never get a chance to visit New York or be able to afford the steep ticket price of most shows. The real reason this is happening, though, is because the Tony-nominated musical didn’t win any, and without those to boost post-award-show box office, musicals tend to close unless they’re, you know, Beetlejuice. Therefore, on the show’s final night, August 11, anyone with a Netflix account will get to see it before it begins its inevitable tour of medium-sized cities. Now, in case you’re unaware, The Prom is about two high school girls in a small town who want to go to prom together as a couple, and their battle against bigotry involves a lot of singing and dancing. And now every small town Broadway diva will get a chance to enjoy it, too. ▼

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Dee Rees: From Mudbound to a Musical

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ee Rees’ next project will be The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies, a musical based on her own original script. It’s kind of the perfect move, since her last feature, 2017’s Mudbound, earned four Academy Award nominations, and her earlier HBO biopic, Bessie, got her a couple of Emmy nominations. Why not be bold and go for it with a musical after all that? With music by Santigold, Kyd’s concerns a young musician from a little town called Same Ol’ Same Ol’ who leaves in search of stardom in a sparkling place called It City. And in recent press, Rees has described her favorite childhood musical as The Wiz, so this over-the-rainbow vibe the sketchy story details conjures up must be intentional. We’re expecting great things here because we’ve loved Rees’ queer-centered stories since Pariah, and because there can never be enough musicals. This has been scientifically proven. ▼

Spinning Gold from the Casablanca Story

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reddie Mercury, Elton John, and…Neil Bogart? Sure, he might not be a household name, but he was a hit-maker on an epic scale in the 1970s. That’s because Bogart ran Casablanca Records, where the roster of talent included Donna Summer, KISS, Parliament, Village People, the Isley Brothers, and Gladys Knight, among many, many others. And like Elton and Freddie, the late mogul is getting a movie. Production begins July 16 in Canada on Spinning Gold, a film written and directed by Timothy Scott Bogart, son of the disco-boss who died in 1982 of cancer at the too-young age of 39. Bogart says the film won’t

pull any punches on 70s excess, and there’s already an impressive cast assembled: Samuel L. Jackson as George Clinton, Kenan Thompson as Motown’s Berry Gordy, Jason Isaacs, Jason Derulo, Jay Pharoah, D.L. Hughley, singer Jazmine Sullivan, Neil Patrick Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Jeremy Jordan as Neil Bogart. At the moment, though, Donna Summer has yet to be cast. Now, some advice for the production, from very queer authorities on the matter: do not let anyone else sing for Summer, because no one can touch that greatness. Let them lip sync for their life. ▼

Romeo San Vicente snoops around Hollywood. He just belted out “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin” from Oklahoma and you would have loved it.


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SCENES FROM REHOBOTH BEACH Tales of Rehoboth Beach—The Purple Party, Best Shot Africa, Mamma Mia, Voices of Stonewall and More Scenes from Summer 2019! THIS PAGE 1) Jen Booth, Shelby Lankford, Lori Kline, and Sarah Herman at Lori’s Café. 3) Lewis Renoll, Pamala Stanley, Marc Blanchfield, Michael Blanchfield, Dennis Rodriguez, Scott Bradley, Rodney Kennedy, Peter Darnell, Michael Morrison, Steven Wade, Scott Kessler, Jimmy Duckett, Scott Burdette, Ron Butt, Tiffany Redd, and Marilyn Pitts at Lewis’ Purple Party. 3) Tony Burns, Jacob Bender-Berg, and Chad Bender at Mariachi’s.

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OPPOSITE PAGE 1) Dan Bishop, Sandy Somerfield, Cindy Scott, Mark Somerfield, Wesley Ogden, Zack Ellis, A.J. Hemphill, Stefan Shields, Felipe Ramirez, Serkan Ozmus, Keir Llewellyn, Austin Simmons, Steve Falchek, John Offidani, Brook Rose, Diane Rose, Richard Rose, Deb Dorris, Lisa Meyers, Karen Dorris, Lauren Romig, John Potthast, Jean McCullough, Lois Andreasen, Jay Chalmers, Phil Cox, Rich Barnett, Marco Morales, Emilie Paternoster, Arthur Dochterman, Monica Parr, and Norman Bennett at Aqua. 2) Patrick Carroll, Tim Andrews, Marc Yesberger, Josh Bushey, Eric Tippon, Rick Leichtweis, John Taylor, John Montgomery, Rick Miller, Bob Smith, Jennifer Wickman, Steve Leraris, Craig Forte, and Mark Jones at Diego’s Bar and Nightclub. 3) Shirley Shaner, Magdalene Exum, Gary Alexander, and Craig Scindiver at Dos Locos. THIS PAGE 4) Wes Combs, Lady Bunny, Greg Albright, Holly Lane, Miss Richfield 1981, Tom Johnson, John Keane, David Clarke, Candice Jewell, David Herchek, Pam Lynn, Richard Looman, and Doug Lynn at Blue Moon. 5) Tim Ragan, Ryan Williamson, Donnette Love, Tina Mayo, Roxy Overbrooke, and Magnolia Applebottom at Blue Moon Rehoboth Idol. 6) Bren Burke, Judy Jones, Judy Raynor, Edward Chrzanowski, David Button, Wes Paulson, Donna West, Carl Schloegel, and Carolyn Strum at the Opening of Mamma Mia at Clear Space Theatre. 7) Eloise Ullman, Sally Gilles, Mike Gilles, Max Dick, Stephanie Wingert, Carla Avery, Fay Jacobs, and Bonnie Quesenberry at Voices of Stonewall at CAMP Rehoboth. CAMPshots continued on page 70 JULY 12, 2019

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OUR SUPPORTERS MAKE IT HAPPEN PURPLE LEVEL Sondra N. Arkin X Aaron, Heather, Gia & Joe Book* Karen Brause & Kim Sheaffer Carol Bresler & Carolyn Billinghurst X Tony Burns X Edward Joseph Chrzanowski & Talmage Wesley Sykes Skip Dye & Steven King* Randy Gross Window Treatments* Diane Huber Allen Jarmon & Ward Ellinger X James W. Johnson & Matthew H. Shepard* Christine Lay X Diane & Chris Martin* Richard Morgante & Edward McHale* Beth Pile & S.A. White X Mark Purpura & Matthew Adams* Jennifer Rubenstein & Diane Scobey X Evie Simmons & Barb Thompson X Leonard Smith X The Robert V. Hauff & John F. Dreeland Foundation X Jennifer Walker & Mary Ann Veitch X Renee & Steven Wright DMD PA*

INDIGO LEVEL Murray Archibald & In Memory of Steve Elkins X David Binder Wesley Blickenstaff* Jane Blue & Louisa Watrel X Joe Brannen & John Klomp X Mark Bromley & David Salie* Tom Brown X Elizabeth Carl & Tori Hill* Pat Catanzariti & Carole Ramos* Richard Coss & Mike Hull Donna Davis & Gail Jackson X Lou Fiore & Jim Burke* Jim & Tom Flower* Gary Gajewski - In Memory of Dr. John A. Boscia David & Marti Garrett* Holly Horn & Kathleen Garrity X Claire Ippoliti X Maureen Keenan & Teri Dunbar X John Kelly & Dan Chappell Jerry Kennedy & Robert Quinones X Russell Koerwer & Stephen Schreiber X Laurie Kuebler Curtis J. Leciejewski, DDS, PA X Stephen Manos X Edward Miller & Edwin Hotaling* Thom Morris & Jim Slusher Natalie Moss & Evelyn Maurmeyer X Rick Mowery & Joe Conn X Tom Negran & Marc Anthony Worosilo X David Nelson & William McManus X John Newton & Mowry Spencer X Mark Niehaus & Brooks Honeycutt X Jeanine O’Donnell - State Farm*

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Gwen Osborne & Katie Handy Signarama X Richard Perry Deborah Qualey & Karen Gustafson X Keith & John Riley-Spillane X Chris Rinaldi & Brian Powers X Mark Roush & Dave Banick* Gary Seiden & Ah Bashir X Leslie Sinclair & Debbie Woods X Diane Sweeney & Kelly Ballentine* Susan Tobin & Cathy Martinson Frank Vitrano X Karen West & Melissa Clement* Ronald Wetzel & Nathan Hench Brian Yanofchick Chris Yochim Karl Zoric & Mark Pipkin X

BLUE LEVEL Linda Balatti & Shirley Gilmer X Ronald Bass & George Robbins X Beau Bogan Foundation Rocky Bible & Kevin Bosley In Memory of Jackie Morris Tim & Meredith Birrittella Harbor Health Care Paul Cline Coleen Collins & Berdi Price X Richard Gamble & Paul Lindsey* Gail Gormley* Wendy Grooms & Barbara Fishel X Harry Hallock Ernie Johnson Irene & Lou Katz* Melissa & Amanda Kaufman X Nancy Kennedy & Tora Washington* Paul & Anne Michele Kuhns* Jason LeBrun & Jason Dixon Rebecca Moscoso & Maggie Kilroy* Kathleen Nilles & Camille Nichols* Porter-Gordon Family Chris Rouchard X Carl Schloegel Michael Shaffer & Benjamin Wilson X Mark Stewart

GREEN LEVEL Brenda Abell X Sharon Bembry & Lois Powell Alex Benjamin & Pete Grover* Chris Berg & Terry Kistler David Bower* Chris Bowers* David W. Briggs & John F. Benton X Charlie Browne & Rod Cook X Cheryl Buxton Stephen & Charles Campbell-King Jay Chalmers & John Potthast X Paul Christensen & Dennis Morgan* Beth Cohen & Fran Sneider X Don Corin & Tim Dillingham* Stephen Corona Drexel Davison - Bad Hair Day?* Mike DeFlavia & Tony Sowers* Max Dick* Maureen Dolan & Karen McGavin* Ann Evans* Kathy & Corky Fitzpatrick X Cynthia Flynn & Deirdre Boyle X

Perry Gottlieb & Tim White Richard Green & Asi Ohana X Wesley Hacker & David Block* John Hackett & Tom Newton David Hagelin & Andy Brangenberg Harris Holden X Terry Hollinger John Holohan & William Ensminger* Steve Hoult & Rick Bane X Jocelyn Kaplan & Idalie Adams X Amylynn Karnbach - One Day At A Time Gifts, LLC Linda Kemp* Deborah Kennedy & Beth Yocum* Eric Korpon & Steven Haber* Alice & Robert Mazur* Courtney & Katie McGregor Susan Morrison* Fred Munzert & J.P. Larap Dennis Neason & Steve Bendyna Kim Nelson & Lori Simmons X Don Peterson & Jeff Richman X Keith Petrack & Michael Fetchko* Anne Pikolas & Jean Charles X Stephen Pleskach X Gail Purcell & Sandy Kraft Bill Rayman & Frank King* Sandy Roberts  X Carolyn Robinson Scott Shaughnessy & John Hassell* William Snow & Richard Pagnotta X Joseph Steele & Chris Leady Angie Strano & Cindy Gruman David Streit & Scott Button Lauren Thomas & Shelley Couch Terry Vick & Billy Pat Clamp Brian Ward & Michael Smith Margaret Wilkins* Kathy Wiz & Muriel Hogan X Jon Worthington & Bryan Houlette X Doug Yetter & Mark Horne Lisa Zimmerman X

YELLOW LEVEL Keith Anderson & Peter Bish X Dale Aultman & Paul Gibbs X Mike Ballenger & Martin Thomas Miriam Barton* Chris Beagle & Eric Engelhart* Gerry Beaulieu & Bill Fuchs Bud Beehler & Robert Schuster Sherry Berman & Deb Hamilton X Abby Bernstein & Karen Frank X Kathleen Biggs & Maria Campos Boland Family - In Memory of Michael J. Kelly* Teresa Bolduc & Kim McGeown Nancy Bouse & Norma Morrison X Michael Boyle & Greg Murphy X John Brady X Russ Capps & Ken Yazge* David Carder Kathy Casey & Jean Burgess X Kate Cauley & Pat Newcomb Bob Chambers* Jim Chupella & Jim Wigand Dottie Cirelli & Myrna Kelley X Betsy Cohen Gary Colangelo & Gerald Duvall X Thomas Conway & Thoth Weeda*

CAMP REHOBOTH MEMBERSHIP 2019 Kay Creech & Sharon Still* Lewis & Greg Dawley-Becker* Viki Dee & Aileen D In Memory of Frank Dell’Aquila X Marianne DeLorenzo & Linda Van de Wiele* Fred DiBartolo & Steve Wood X Donna Dolce* Frank Dorn & Edward Schumacher* Albert Drulis & Scott Silber* Arlyce Dubbin & Kathleen Heintz* Sandy Duncan & Maddy Ewald Susan Eig & Ellen Schiff X Karen & Lisa Faber* Alice Fagans & Ruth Ann Mattingly* John Farley & Dennis Wilson X Dee Farris Ellen Feinberg & Lesley Rogan X Monica Fleischmann & Lona Crist X John Flournoy & Jim Chrobot Connie Fox Fulton National Bank* John Furbush & Tom Feng Jerry Gallucci & Conrad Welch Jill Gaumer LCSW* Susan Goudy* Bill Graff & Jeff Schuck* Ken Green & Joe Kearney* Michael Green & Robert Schwerdtfeger* Pete & Joanne Harrigan* David Herring & Karl Hornberger Carol Holland - Holland Jewelers X Larry Hooker X Caroline Huff & Brenda Robertson* Pete Jakubowski* Robert Jennings Philip Johnson* Greg Kubiak* Susan Kutliroff & Barbara Snyder Carol Lazzara & Sheila Maden* Leslie Ledogar & Marilyn Hewitt* Monica Lewis & Ann Zimmerman* Frank Liptak & Joe Schnetzka* James Lonsdale & Bryan Hoffman John Mackerey & Donald Filicetti Patricia Magee & Anita Pettitt X Guy, Sorin, and Summer Martin* Jill Masterman & Tammy Jackson Tony Mazzarella Kathleen McCormick & Elizabeth Fish X Mickie McManamon* James Mease & Philip Vehslage* Howard Menaker & Patrick Gossett X Floyd Merchant Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth* Ray Michener & Tom Carlson* Linda Miniscalco & Jeanne Drake* Sherril Moon & Louise Montgomery Gaylon Morris & Rick Kinsey* Jack Morrison & Bob Dobbs* Robert Nowak & David Bergman X Fran O’Brien & David Gifford Judy Olsen & Joanne Kempton X Maggie Ottato X Marilyn Pate & Dorothy Smith* Peninsula Gallery - Tony & Carol Boyd-Heron* John Piccirillo & Jonathan Rose

Joanne Picone & Kathy Bostedo Denny Pintello & Coke Farmer* Tom Poor & Tom Bachmann Bin 66 Fine Wine* Jim Pressler X Sam Profeta X Lisa Rabigi & Bea Vuocolo Joie Rake & Nan Flesher X Jay Raksin Barb Ralph X Charlotte Reid & Polly Smale* Marty Rendon & John Cianciosi* Gene Roe X Thomas Rose & Thomas Sechowicz X Lucien Rossignol & Tom Harris Kim Rutherford & Dalit Eyal Mark Saunders & Bob Thoman* Betsy Schmidt & Beth Greenapple X Sheryl Schulte & Jeanne LaVigne* Douglas Sellers & Mark Eubanks Marc Silverman & John Campbell Mary Ann Slinkman & Sharyn Santel Susan Soderberg & Terri King X John Michael Sophos & Miss Dot Sophos* Diane Sozio & Patricia Hutchinson* Dee Speck & Linda Kauffman X Mary Spencer & Kathy Lingo* Russell & Patricia Stiles Caroline Stites & Elizabeth Coit X Lenny Stumpf & John B. Pitchford Brett Svensson & Bill Quinn Dust Doctors LLC* Gordon Tanner & Robert Patlan David Theil* Lana Warfield & Pamela Notarangelo X Mark Weaver Cal Weible & Daniel Halvorsen X Michael Weinert* Douglas Werner & JD Pryor John Wood & Mike Roob Tony Wright & Mary Jo Bennett X Jean Sutliff Young* Joanne Yurik Larry Zeigler X John Zingo & Rick Johnson*

ORANGE LEVEL Donna Adair Marge Amodei* Gwen Atwell & Marla Hoon Shannon & Sarah Avery John D. Baker Pamela Baker & Diane Dixson* Romulus Barba & Dean Yanchulis* Joel Berelson & Charles Maples* Deborah Bosick Linda Bova & Bridget Bauer The Sea Bova Associates* Anita Broccolino - In Memory of Cathy Fisher Wendy Bromfeld* Barry Bugg Ronald Butt & Steve Cannon* Sara Cavendish & Wendy Bunce X Jean Chlastawa & Susan Griesemer Austin Clayton Michael Clement & Mac Gardner* Charlie Codacovi* Community Bank Delaware*


Mark Conheady* Lois Cortese & Jill Stokes X Kenneth Currier & Mike Tyler X John D’Amico* Scott Davis & Chris Shaheen* Scott & Donna de Kuyper Hotel Blue John & Richard Decore Robert Defendis & Ronald O. Dempsey Linda DeFeo X J. Lynne Dement & Lisa J. Snyder Jim DiLalla* Tony DiMichele & Jeff Smith Joe DiSalvo* Kevin Doss & Arie Venema Brenda Dunn & Karen Anderson Martin Durkin & Chetan Patel* Jeanne Embich* Gary Espinas & Daniel Sherlock Maureen Ewadinger* Jerry Filbin Keven Fitzsimmons & Jeff Stroud X Sara Ford & Anne Donick* Christopher Galanty & James Apistolas Anne Geary Stephen Georgalas & Angelo Andreatos William Gluth & Channing Daniel Ed Gmoch* Mike Gordy & Ed Brubaker Joe Gottschall & Scott Woody Deborah Grant & Carol Loewen Michele Grant & Michelle Meyers* Richard & Frances Grote Bill Hillegeist X Vance Hudgins & Denny Marcotte John Hulse X Mary Huntt & Angela Creager Janet Idema & Patricia Higgins* Valerie Johns Jana Kamminga & Niki Nicholson Sharon Kanter & Cyndy Bennett* Marilyn Kates & Laura Glenn* Anne Kazak & Chris Coburn X Mark Kehoe X Maryl Kerley & Pat Sagat X Bonnie Kirkland & Wanda Bair X Judy Kolb & Martha Hanlon Jay Kottoff & Mark Matey* Roger Kramer Rob & Jean Krapf X Barbara Lang & Diane Grillo Jim Lesko Jonathan & Karlyn Lokken* Dale & Sue Lomas* Michael Marion & DiMitri Guy* Marsha Mark & Judy Raynor Vicki Martina & Nancy Hewish* Marie Martinucci & Pam Kozey* Michael & Stephan Maybroda Tom McCafferty - In Memory of John Sousa Kevin McDonald & Sean McClafferty Kathy & Steve McGuiness Kate McQueen Marvin Miller & Dan Kyle X Julia Monaghan & Carissa Meiklejohn Margaret Moore & Sheree Mixell X Thomas Moore & Richard Bost Marie Murray & Deb Ward X Debbie & Frank Navecky Robert Neighbour & Andrew Dan Pat Nickols Donna Ohle & Susan Gaggiotti X Sandra Oropel & Linda Frese* Carolyn Ortwein & Ann Barry*

Dotti Outland & Diane Mead X Rutland Paal & Robert Mittleman* Sandra Pace & Barbara Passikoff X Stephen Pape & Jerry Clark Steve Parker Ellen Passman X Emilie Paternoster & Monica Parr X Colleen Perry & Jane Kuhfuss* Marianne Perry & Jeanette Laszczynski Deena Pers X Grace Pesikey & Janet Urdahl* Russ Phipps & Stephen Jacobs* Peter Pizzolongo & Carlos Prugue* Roni Posner X Pat Powell Renata Price & Yona Zucker* Joseph Purdy & Anthony Pontorno Pierce Quinlan & Ginny Daly Thomas Ramsey & Chris Murray Susan Reinagel Pat Renninger & Tammy Plumley X Judy Rosenstein & Elva Weininger X Katherine Sams* Richard Sargent* Gary Schell & Jim DiRago Rosemarie Schmidt & Carolyn Horn X Laurie Schneider & Margie Ripalda* Teri Seaton & Rena Frampton-Seaton Michael Seifert & Harvey Holthaus* Craig Sencindiver & Gary Alexander* Frank Shockley & Arthur Henry Christine Stanley & Joyce Rocko* Matthew Stensrud & Michael Cohen Greig Stewart & Jake Hudson* Libby Stiff & Bea Wagner X Robert Stoltzfus & Gerald Warhola* Brian Straka* Sandra Sullivan & Lorie Seaman* Trudie Thompson Thrasher’s French Fries Jeffrey Trunzo & Herman Goodyear* James Tucker & In Memory of Dennis Murphy* James Vernicek & Jeff Dailey* Tama Viola Don Wainwright & Tom Jamison* Elizabeth Way & Dorothy Dougherty Donald Wessel William Wheatley Ralph Wiest & Anthony Peraine* Terry Wise & Beth Shank* Sherri Wright & Dick Byrne* Niki Zaldivar & Cecil McNeil X Helaine Zinaman & Roselyn Abitbol X

RED LEVEL Adrienne & Kim Jim Affonco X Mark Aguirre & Wayne Gleason X Greg Albright & Wes Combs X Bill Alldredge X Stephani Allison & Judith Gorra X Alan Anderson X Daniel Anderson & Greg Melanson Lois Andreasen & Jean McCullough Andrea Andrus & Maggie Shaw X Peter Antolini X Patricia Antonisse X Wanda Armwood & Illona Williams Jan Atwell Jack Ay & James Krebsbach Gale & Jim Ayres Kathleen Bailey X David & Sandra Baker

John Baker & Richard Latham X June Baker* Ruth Ball & Mary Ellen Jankowski* Susie Ball & Susan Delaney X Michael Barnes & Scott O’Neill Johnny Barrett-Bland & Dennis Bland Curtiss Barrows X Brian Bartels Eric Barton & Greg Nagel John Batchelor X Karen Beck Beebe Medical Foundation Mike Behringer & Nelson Correa Lara & Joe Bellistri Sheryl Bender & Doreen DiLorenzo* George Benes & Michael Mallee X Suzanne Bennethum & Deborah Smith Norman Bennett & Marco Morales Stephen & Michael Bennett Lisa Beske Peter Bezrucik* Christine Bielenda & Karen Feuchtenberger* Thomas Biesiadny X Deb Bievenour & Susan Shollenberger Lorraine Biros Cathin Bishop & Laura Simon X Jason Blachek Ann Black & Kaye Wachsmuth X Carol Blair* Eric Blondin - State Farm Insurance Rehoboth Beach* Jacquelyn Blue X Rev. Dr. Tom Bohache & Tom Laughingwolf Simmons X Annabelle Boire Bob Bonitati X Joy Boone & Marina Simmers X Randall Borgerson X Sheri & Carl Borrin Pete Borsari X Laura Borsdorf X Darice Bowles & Gerry Sue Davis* David & Donna Bowman X Deni Boyer & Loretta Imbrogono Beth Bozman Jim Brady & Mike Hays X Brandywine Valley SPCA Kelly Brennan & Susan McVey William Briganti & Gary Moore Susan Brinsfield John & Bud Broda-Knudsen Debora Brooke * Cathy Brown Gladys Brown Kevin Brown X Lyn Brown & Winsome Boyd Diane Bruce & Annie Sorvillo Daniel Bruner & Tim Beymer Al Bulliner X Belinda Buras & Linda Simeone Geoffrey Burkhart & Bruce Williams* Lyn Burleson & Sharon Werner* Carol L. Burnett X Mary Jean Burns & Novalyn Winfield Rob Burns & Cris Hamer* Timothy B. Bush X Randy Butt & Emerson Bramble* Barbara Butta James Byrnes X Chris Cahill X Debbie Cali & Maddie Cunningham Ingrid Callmann & Karen Askins* Leslie Calman & Jane Gruenebaum* Michele Campisi & Julie A. Slick X Matt Carey X

Jim Carlo X Justine Carpenter X Shirley Carpenter & Mary Coldren X U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper John Carr & Billy Cox* Lisa Carrol & Deb Dubois X Teresa Cason & Lynda Schepler X Joseph Catrambone & Dennis Otten Suzette Chagnon Linda Chaney & Irene Lawlor* Helen Chang & Pat Avery Dr. Harvey J. Chasser X Mike Chateauneuf X Anthony Chiffolo & Rusty Hesse* Dan Childers & Ted Hernandez* Tom Childers & John Hall X Sandra Chinchilla X Curt Christensen & Ellen Heald* Billy J. Christian X Dennis Chupella & Rob White X Norma K. Clark X Terry Clark Barbara Clipper Amy Clouse & Betty Long X Norman Cohen & Mark Polo Carolyn Cole & Sandy McDevitt X Nancy Commisso* Stuart Comstock-Gay X Inez Conover X Ronnie Contreras & Brian Casey Bill Cooley & Ken Watkins DVM X Joshua Cooper & Stephen Rathburn Richard Cooper & Vincent Saporito Jeffery A. Coover X Michael Cornell X Mary Costa & Kris Nygaard Becky & Tom Craft X Wendy Cramer & Carolyn Baranowski* Peter Crawford Theresa-Ann Crivelli & Angela Murray Robert Crocetti X Bill Cross & David McCall X Lauren Cross Donald Crowl* Richard Culver Mark Cunningham & Ken Tattersall X Howard Cyr & Lynn Ashley* Susan Daily William T. Darley X Marsha Davis & Bev Lesher X Kathy Davison & Ruth Dickerson X Frederick Dean & Steven Swierzy X Linda Dean & Donna Whiteside* Penny Lee Dean Scott Dechen & James Maino Michael Decker X Julie DelGiorno & Margie Griffith Bernie Delia X Claire Dente & Leslie Campo Stefani Deoul* Karen DeSantis & Carol Brice Nancy DeToma & Meg Smith David DeVargas & Steven Champion X Barbara Devenport & Susan Brinsfield Carolyn DeVito Dawn Devries Henry & Marcia DeWitt X Geri Dibiase Photography* Julie Dickson X Richard Dietz Mary Dipietro & Wendy Schadt* Lin Dixon Romana Dobbs

Deb Dobransky & Ketty Bennett* Arthur Dochterman X David & Lizann Dockety X Peg Dolan & Mary McDevitt X Debra Doricchi Andy Dorosky & Greg Oliver* Debbie & Karen Dorris* Frances Doyle X Diane Drabositz Paul Dradransky X Michael Driscoll & Ben McOmber X Susan Dube & Diana Patterson* Deanna Duby & Carol Bruce Barry Dunkin Gene Dvornick X Sue Early X Frank Echols & Robert Robinson Eden Restaurant X Gail Elliott & Bea Hickey Pamela Elliott W. Kay Ellis Eddie Engles Dent Farr & Erick Lowe Susan Farr & Joanne Pozzo Rene Fechter & Cynthia Smith Larry & Ro Fedorka Karen Ferguson Virginia Fessler & Chris Patton Jayne & Ro Fetterman Irene & Edward Fick* Allen Fred Fielding X Joe Filipek & Larry Richardson X Mark Finkelstein & Michael Zeik X Paul Finn & Joseph Porporino Rick Fischer X Gary Fisher & Josh Bushey* Chuck Flanagan & George Whitehouse X David Flohr & Steven Kuschuck* Paul Florentino & Chris Pedersen X Mary Ford & Judy Hedrick X Anthony Forrest & Glyn Edwards Roland Forster & David McDonald Daniel Foskey John J. Foster Jr. Paul Foster & Ioannis Sporidis-Foster Phil & Marylea Franz* Beebe Frazer X Phil Fretz X Billiemichelle & Evelyn Friel* Neil Frock & Bob Harrison* Marilyn Fuller & Teresa Marigliano Robert Furman & Paul Grecay Lorraine Gaasche & Jill Mayer* Frank Gainer & Ramon Santos* Lynn Gaites & Faye Koslow X Nina Galerstein Karen Gantz & Jeanie Geist Don Gardiner X Cheri Garnet & Cynthia Arno Mindy Gasthalter* Wilson Gates X Lisa Gaunt & Deborah Harrell* Nora & Marie Gentile Charles George & Dennis Rivard X Gary Gillard X Jordan Gipple & Paul Weppner* Angela & Cheryl Gladowska Joan Glass X Ron Glick & Tien Pham* Jamie Glidewell & Shelby Sears Karen Glooch X Jane Godfrey* Randall Godwin X Jackie Goff & Mary Vogt X Robert Gold X Mel Goldberg JULY 12, 2019

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Suzanne Goldstein & Dana Greenwald X Milton Gordon & Bill Hromnak X Teresa Gordy & Barb Ford X Dan Goren & Peter Robinson X Anita Gossett & Ronnie Smith Amy Grace & Karen Blood Lisa Graff* Charles Graham Paul R. Grant & Marc Watrel Linda Gregory Harvey Grider Kenneth Grier Richard Grifasi X John Grillone & Paul Schlear Jr. X Joseph Gritz X Carol Gross X James Gross X Arnold H. Grossman* Paula Grubbs X Mark & Sheldon Gruber-Lebowitz Michael Guerriere Helene Guilfoy X Bill Gunning & Joe Greoski X Mary Gunning Marie & Ken Haag* Todd Hacker Jay Haddock & Hector Torres* Gerard M. Haley & George D. Zahner X Cynthia Hall X Siobhan Halmos & Beth McLean* Sharon Hansen X Diane Hanson Mark Hare & Mike Newman X Frederick Harke X Kelley Harp X David Harrer & Floyd Kanagy* Pat Harte & Nancy Sigman Jeff Haslow X Pat Hauptman Janece Hausch* John & Mary Havrilla* John Hawkins & Silvia Ritchie Daniel F.C. Hayes Ceil Hearn & Liv Ault Gail Hecky* Leslie Hegamaster & Jerry Stansberry* Linda Heisner X Tracey Hellman & Erica Hill Mary Helms & George Beckerman* Matthew Hennesey* David Herchik & Richard Looman X Fred Hertrich X Howard Hicks & Stephen Carey X Barbara Hines & Nancy Froome X Howard C. Hines, MD X Janel Hino & Patricia Ann Scully X Connie Holdridge* Robert Holloran & Ed Davis Brad Holsinger & Ed Moore Mod Cottage* Chris Holt & Emory Bevill X Mollyne Honor & Shelley Garfield Mary Anne Hoopes & Dianna Johnston Penni Hope James T. Hopkins X Elaine Horan & Debbie Sciallo X Kenneth Horn Frank Hornstein & Mark Henckel X Tom Horvath & Pete Drake James Hospital & Jack Faker Robert Hotes X Donald Howat Carol Huckabee Karen Hugues & Cathy McCallister X Batya Hyman & Belinda Cross*

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Thomas Ingold X Sue Isaacs* Chris Israel & John Stassi X Debbie Isser & Fran Leibowitz Geoffrey Jackson & Will Delany X Fay Jacobs & Bonnie Quesenberry X Sharon Janis X Steve Janosik & Rich Snell X Robert Jasinski* Mary Jenkins & Laura Reitman Sue Jernberg & Chris Hunt Susan Jimenez & Cathy Benson X Beverly S. Johnson Donna A. Johnson* Dorsey Johnson & Kay Jernigan* Ken Johnson X Cynthia Johnston & George Meili Jim Johnston Richard Jolly & Charles Ingersoll X D. J. Jones Gay Jones & Barb Bartels Glenn Jones X Rob Jones Sparky Jones & Lee Chrostowski Sue Jones & Dottie Stackhouse Tom Jones X Nola Joyce & Brenda Eich Wayne Juneau X Bob Kabel Mick Kaczorowski X Darleen Kahl & Susan Poteet Bob Kaplan & Jeff Davis X Daphne Kaplan & Steve Scheffer Sharon Kaplan & Pamela Everett* Kevin P. Kaporch X Denise Karas & Katherine Bishop Peter Karsner X Peter Keeble & Tom Best Margaret Keefe & Dianne Conine* Alan Keffer* Ruth Keipp & Marilyn Mills Donald Kelly* John Kelly & Randy Sutphin X Michael J. Kelly X Karin Kemper & Isabel Lavadenz John Kennedy Hunter Kesmodel X Ned Kesmodel & Matt Gaffney X Marge Keyes & Julie Arenstein X C. David Kimmel Spencer Kingswell X Robyn Kirby Ilene Klein & Eli Scearce Ruth Kloetzli & Lisa Scholl Jane Knaus & Cindy Myers Stephen Kopp John Kort & Hung Lai Robert Kovalcik & Bob Howard X Myra Kramer & John Hammett* Marcia Kratz Karen Kreiser & Beth Nevill Kevin W. LaBarge X Adam Lamb & Eli Martinez Peter Lanzaro & Frank Bodsford X Dr. Mathilda Laschenski & Dr.Kathleen Heacock X Ruth Lauver & Judy Wetzel* Kate Lavelle X Patricia Layton Charlie Lee X Jon Leeking & Dieulifete Jean Edmund LeFevre & Keith Wiggs X Sherry Leichman & Keith Snyder Mary Lenney* Jen Leonard & Claire McCracken Marsha Levine & Susan Hamadock X Barbara Lilien*

Bill Lipsett Duwayne Litz & Steve Triglia X Eleanor Lloyd & Celeste Beaupre George Long & Brian Johnson* Robert E. Long X Cynthia Lowe & Rae von Doehren James Lucas & Karen Davis* Debbie Lupton Diane Lusk X P. Michael Lutz* Maggie Lyon Becky Lyons & Ebie Hamrick X Wendy Maclay & Sheree Davis* Duncan MacLellan & Glenn Reighart* Christopher Magaha* Joe Maggio X Loretta Mahan* Bernadette Maher & Cheryl Tarlecky Jack Maher X Nancy Maihoff X Eddie Major X Bruce Majors X Harvey Manchester X Domenic Mannello X Stephanie Manos & Reber Whitner X Robb Mapou & Mike Zufall Anyda Marchant X Charles Marino & Alan Berman* John & Lorraine Marino Diane Markey & Randi Snader* Harold Marmon & Robert Hill* Bill Martin & Scott Freber* Norma Martin X Linda Martinak James Mastoris & Edward Chamberlain X Joe Matassino & Tim Murray Nancy Mathis John Matthews & Nick Polcini* Eric Matuszak X Lewis Maurer Donna McCabe & Mac Ignacio X Clifton McCracken & Wolfgang Sander Sean McDonald Mary McElhone & Nancy Kaiser X Elizabeth McGee Kathleen McGinley & Diane Heydt Thomas McGlone X Jeffrey McGuire Ellen McKeon & Kay Cummings Joe McMahon X Jeanne Ann McManus & Robin Robertson Joseph McNally & Terry Jones X Karen McNamara & Rebecca Della-Rodolfa* Chuck McSweeney & Michael Clay X Jim & Bruce McVey-Back Mary Medlock & Susan Russell Buck Melton X John Messick X Marc Messner Jeffery Michael & Edward Smith Alicia Mickenberg & Kathleen Fitzgerald Jamie Middelton* Dr. Phyllis J. Mihalas X Melissa Milar Alicia Miller & Shawn Noel* Bruce R. Miller & Dean D. LaVigne X Frank Miller & Al Naylor X Lisa & Alisha Miller Marilyn K. Miller & Candice Zientek Todd A. Miller & Michele Frame X Doreen Millon

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It’s My Life

by Michael Thomas Ford

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t’s time to start Cubby’s gay education.” This pronouncement was made the other night by my housemate, who is also named Michael and who we call Papa Bear in order to avoid confusion, and because he likes to pretend it annoys him. Cubby is what we call New Guy, because, well, that’s what he is. Cubby’s gay education involves watching every gay-themed movie ever made, all of which Papa Bear has in his extensive DVD collection. Cubby is too young to have seen most of them the first time around, and as he came out late in life, he’s even missed most of the recent ones too, so there’s a lot to catch up on. Papa Bear decided to start him off with Jeffrey, the 1995 film based on Paul Rudnick’s 1993 play about a gay man in New York navigating the dating world now that HIV is a factor. Cubby was seven when the film came out. I was 27. Papa Bear was 37. I actually saw the play version of Jeffrey, as I lived in New York at the time and I think every gay man in the city saw it at some point because we were all really, really tired of being sad about AIDS and a comedy about the subject was something we very much needed. I remember laughing a lot. I laughed a lot watching the movie the other night, too. Rudnick’s writing is sharp and witty. Jeffrey is a neurotic mess. Patrick Stewart as sarcastic interior designer Sterling is particularly delightful. And it brought back a lot of memories of living in New York during that time. Sterling’s lover in the film is Darius, a dancer with a small role in Cats. Darius is HIV-positive, and in the film’s most powerful moment, he dies shortly after collapsing during an outing to the theater with Sterling. That seems sudden,” Cubby remarked when it happened. “He was fine a minute ago.” “That’s how it was,” I said. “People were okay one day, then gone the next.” Later, while we were getting ready for bed, Cubby said, “Are you okay? You seem sad.” I was sad. But I didn’t know how to explain it to him. “I remember sitting in the theater watching the play the movie is based on,” I told him. “I was 25, and I remember wondering where I would be when I was 50, or if I would even get to be 50.”

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“And now you’re 50,” he reminded me. “You made it.” “I did,” I agreed. “But a lot of people didn’t.” I found myself starting to cry. Cubby, startled, put his arms around me. “It’s just a movie,” he said. It was just a movie. But for a lot of us, it was also our lives on that screen. I remember my first HIV test like it was yesterday—the number assigned in place of a name, the instructions to call back three long weeks later for the results, the agonizing wait to hear the news. I remember the first time a potential boyfriend said he was positive, and wondering if I could deal with his eventual death (because back then that was the expected/usual outcome). I remember the unprotected encounter and the fear that a momentary bad decision might result in a much worse permanent one. And I still wrestle with the peculiar mixture of relief and guilt that comes with being one of the lucky ones. Cubby is not immune to the worry of HIV. But like most men of his age, for him it’s primarily a health issue best avoided but, if it happens, treatable. It isn’t the death sentence it was to men of my generation. It isn’t the looming shadow that made making even simple decisions like whether or not to go on a date with someone seem monumentally difficult. He laughed at Jeffrey’s fears, as he should have, but it was because he found them ridiculous given what he knows about HIV now, not because, like me and Papa Bear, he saw himself reflected on screen and after almost 30 years had found the distance necessary to find it amusing. “I’m glad you didn’t have to experience any of that,” I told him. He hugged me. “And I’m sorry you did.” Because of our age difference, I know that Cubby does worry that he will likely say goodbye to me sooner than he would like to, that he will probably spend time living with a memory while he makes a new life for himself. What he won’t have to live with, though, is the fear of losing everyone around you to something seemingly unstoppable, wondering who it will take next, and when it will be your turn. And for that I am grateful. ▼ Michael Thomas Ford is a much-published Lambda Literary award-winning author. Visit Michael at michaelthomasford.com


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Q Puzzle Not Quite Homo

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CAMP Cheers! BARTENDER’S FAVORITE Darryl (Diego) Ciarlante, Diego’s Bar & Nightclub

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Intentionally Inclusive

by Wesley Combs

Just Because There’s a Rainbow...

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f you went grocery shopping or out to eat during Pride month, it seemed there were rainbows everywhere you looked. Perhaps you saw Shake Shack’s Pride Shake, Bubly Sparkling Water’s rainbow-colored cans, Starbucks’ Pride Tumblers, Chipotle burritos in rainbow-colored wrappers or Pizza Hut’s heart-shaped pizza with a “Love is Love” message. Restaurants in my Washington, DC neighborhood were festooned with rainbows and even had rainbow themed menu items. As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, considered to be the birth of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, was this a sign of progress? To help answer this question, let’s take a look at two ways popular brands showed their pride. The first example came from Absolut Vodka’s 2019 efforts that included its latest rainbow-themed bottle available throughout the year and an ad campaign featuring well-known faces and voices from the LGBTQ community shot by renowned photographer David LaChapelle. The second example comes from the popular British coffee chain Costa Coffee which in 2018 displayed its true colors with the launch of the first ever limited-edition rainbow coffee cups available throughout the month of June. At first glance, it seems each of these corporate brands is telling customers they support LGBTQ pride. Some would argue that when household names like Absolut Vodka and Costa Coffee feature LGBTQ imagery in their ads and in their stores it’s a good thing because it helps raise awareness about our community to all of their customers. On the flip side, others say that corporations are shamelessly using the rainbow flag to earn profits from our community because they may not support LGBTQ equality in the workplace or in the communities they serve. Which side is right? As someone who has, for decades, advised Fortune 500 brands interested in targeting the LGBTQ community, I advise that earning the brand loyalty of the highly

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lucrative LGBTQ consumer market takes more than putting a rainbow flag on your product or in your restaurant. It also requires taking steps to create an inclusive workplace where LGBTQ employees feel welcome and valued and also taking a public stand in favor of LGBTQ equality. Which is why Absolut Vodka is the clear winner. As the first spirits company to openly market to the LGBTQ community, Absolut’s approach is multi-faceted. Beyond the wide visibility of LGBTQ people in its marketing campaign, Absolut is helping accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people across the country by financially supporting the national nonprofit GLAAD in the form of a multi-year partnership.

Earning the brand loyalty of the highly lucrative LGBTQ consumer market takes more than putting a rainbow flag on your product or in your restaurant. On the other hand, Costa Coffee’s 30day promotion was just that, nothing more than a gimmick to help sell coffee. None of the proceeds from sales were donated to a LGBTQ nonprofit and little is known about its fair treatment of LGBTQ workers. If some of you feel I am splitting hairs, think again, because our lives depend on it. In the early 2000s, there were no federal laws protecting LGBTQ Americans from being fired just because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. At the time, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) realized more and more corporations were using their influence to advocate for other social policies but had not yet done so in support of LGBTQ issues. Known as corporate social responsibility today, these early public policy

stances were in some ways marketing tactics to gain the trust of marginalized communities with the hope of increasing market share. Unfortunately, external efforts did not always translate into improved opportunities for those same segments in their respective workplaces. So, in 2002 HRC decided to do something about it by creating the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), something like a Good Housekeeping seal of approval but for corporate America as it relates to their support of LGBTQ Americans. Each year, HRC uses the CEI as a tool to rate businesses on their treatment of LGBTQ employees and consumers. Back then, brands like American Airlines and Budweiser were seeking to tap into the LGBTQ community’s estimated buying power of greater than $600 billion. So they had to first demonstrate a true commitment to the LGBTQ community by completing the CEI survey. Offering domestic partner health benefits and having a policy that banned discrimination of LGBTQ employees were some of the criteria required in order to secure a perfect score. Not only has the CEI helped remove barriers to full inclusion in the workplace but it also has galvanized support of the nation’s most respected companies in fighting discrimination against LGBTQ people. This includes support for overturning North Carolina’s bathroom bill and stopping the proposed religious freedom law in Arizona. That’s why we must thank companies like Instacart and Coca Cola who have publicly supported key issues like marriage and trans equality by spending our hard-earned money on their products and not with those who fail to stand with us. ▼ Wesley Combs is a diversity and inclusion expert and a passionate social justice advocate. He is the founding Principal of Combs Advisory Services where he works with clients who share his values of enabling equity, equality, and opportunity in the workplace and the community.


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Millennial Times

by Michael Marciano

Tales from the Old Days

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ehoboth and the surrounding areas have become a bustling mini-metropolis with a unique vibe and a culture all their own. So many walks of life and diverse populations converge upon our sandy shore—from high-ranking government officials, Hall of Fame athletes, world renowned musicians, best-selling authors, CEOs of some of the world’s most well-known businesses, to artists of all sorts, activists, lawyers, doctors, chefs, veterans, and the occasional Delawarean native, born and raised in the area. I’m uncertain of the exact circumstances that landed my ancestors here circa 1672, however, I know that we came from Holland, settled in what are now the Bethany Beach and Ocean View areas, and never really left. For a family such as mine to remain here for the better part of 400 years, there must be something about this place that makes the heart content. The stories I’ve heard from my great grandparents and hear from my grandparents greatly contrast what the area has become today. My grandparents remember a time here before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built and the area was much less accessible. What are now bustling streets and crowded beaches were nothing but some tire tracks in the sand leading to the ocean. Our beautiful beaches were peppered with little cottages and the occasional hotel—which would be smaller than many of the houses in town now. Something my grandparents speak of in their time is something I wish would come back—train service to the area. Imagine how that could help cut down on traffic. Our iconic boardwalk has constantly evolved since its creation in 1873. Even in my short 30 years, many changes have taken place. As a child, the thing for us to do was hang out under the boardwalk— when this was still possible. Now there are dunes at the front of the boardwalk, but then, you could walk right under the boards—and stick dollar bills up through

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the cracks, only to quickly pull them away when someone bent down to pick them up. Not to be cliché but quite a few of my “firsts” happened under the boards. Frankly, often enough, I have a hard time recognizing the area as the same place where I grew up. What used to be fields full of corn or beans have now become mega-communities, golf courses, shopping centers, or all three. For better or worse—probably a bit of both—the area is growing and flourishing as it does. I love our farming and fishing community that still compose a major part of the area’s commerce. I love being able to eat at a restaurant and know the farms from which much of my food originated.

Not to be cliché but quite a few of my “firsts” happened under the boards. Whether it be peaches and blueberries from Bennet’s Orchards, micro-greens from Bear Hole Farms, any number of things from Magee or Baywater Farms, or an amazing cup of apple pie ice cream from Hopkins Dairy Farm, it’s good to know its origin. Add to that the thriving community of chicken farmers. So many complain about the stench of these farms but for me they are a pungent reminder that I’m home. Another bit of culinary greatness in the area is the wide variety of fresh local seafood, much of which is caught by local fisherman out of the Lewes and West Ocean City harbors. Growing up here set me apart from others everywhere else I have lived. It feels that I can easily relate to many different walks of life because I grew up on farmland, the beach, and

metropolitan areas simultaneously. The mountain lifestyle is one I have to exclude myself from because I’m hardpressed to find anything taller than a mole hill in Sussex County. I love that I grew up with the fortune of being exposed to so many things. I can hunt for duck, geese, deer, rabbit, dove, and so much more; fish for everything from sand crabs to gigantic blue marlin; raise plants and animals—although, my girlfriend may have something different to say about my green thumb, or lack thereof. Along with the perfunctory farmchild lessons, I love to surf and enjoy the beach with the best of them. Every time I’ve left the area in pursuit of “bigger and better” things it has been overwhelmingly easy for me to return. Is that simply because this is where I’m from or is there something magical here that I love returning to? In my teens and twenties, this was an easy retreat when I failed elsewhere in life and needed somewhere to be loved. After I was recharged with love and confidence, I would always be off on my next adventure. Now that I’m 30 and have a marginally better understanding of life, I know that I always return here not simply because its where I’m from, but because it’s home. How lucky I am that I get to call this place home! ▼  Michael Marciano is a local freelance writer with deep rooted passion for the area. After a decade of grant writing, Michael is finally making a move into the journalism world. Contact him at mikmarxi@gmail.com.


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by Eric C. Peterson

Female Heroes Can Be Just as Badass as the Men

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’ve always had a thing for girls in capes. I read a lot of comic books as a kid, but for some reason, Batgirl seemed more bad-ass than her benefactor Batman, and Supergirl was just a little more “super” than her cousin Superman. And Wonder Woman simply had no peer. As an adult who remembers those comics fondly (and is therefore thoroughly enjoying the superhero renaissance happening at the local multiplex), it’s encouraging to see that the women of the genre are finally getting their share of the spotlight. While not the top moneymakers in their specific universes, the film versions of Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel (both directed or co-directed by women) are widely seen as some of the best installments in the DC and Marvel franchises, and not the exercise in pure camp that 1984’s Supergirl or 2004’s Catwoman were. And please don’t get me wrong; I love camp and I sort of love these cheesy films despite my better judgment—but it’s also nice to see female heroes at the movies who can be just as bad-ass as the men. If I’m honest, I think I know why I’ve always preferred the female heroes, despite the painstakingly drawn rippling muscles that showed through every skintight costume worn by the dudes. It’s because I, like everyone else who seeks out stories, longs to be seen in them. And in the absence of any hint of gay heroism in the comics I read back in the 1980s, I looked to the women because they taught me you didn’t have to be masculine in order to be strong. For the same reason that gay men in the generation before mine adored Bette Davis and the generation after mine worships Lady Gaga (and in truth, I love them both as well), I was drawn to Black Canary, Storm, and the Wasp.

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I’m currently binging the latest (and, sadly, final) season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix. In the comics, Jessica was a high-school classmate of Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man), gifted with flight and super-strength after being doused in chemicals in the car accident that killed her parents. She was known by corny codenames such as “Jewel” or “Knightress.” In the Netflix show, she’s more of a hard-boiled gumshoe. Her costume consists of a biker jacket, ripped jeans, and a cynical, knowing smirk; she likes her bourbon neat; and her language is filthy. She doesn’t fly in this iteration, but can leap onto a third story balcony from the street, or lift a city dumpster with one hand. It’s not Ibsen, but there are no spandex costumes in sight.

And yet—ironically, LGBTQ people are seamlessly woven into the story and not otherized in the slightest. Like many of the comics written since the 60s (most notably Stan Lee’s X-Men), Jessica Jones takes the identity of “superhero” as a metaphor for other targeted groups. “Powered” people are distrusted, dehumanized, and maligned. In fact, the primary villain of the series is driven solely by his hatred of those with extraordinary abilities, who he sees as “cheaters.” And yet—ironically, LGBTQ people are seamlessly woven into the story and not otherized in the slightest. Jessica’s

new assistant this season is played by a trans woman, but her gender identity has not even been mentioned once in the nine episodes I’ve seen thus far. Jessica’s chief ally within the police force (the Commissioner Gordon to her Batman, if you will) is a gay man whose devotion to the job sometimes causes friction at home, as he and his husband are in the process of finalizing an international adoption. Jessica’s sometime benefactress/ sometime nemesis is a lesbian power lawyer with a fondness for asymmetrical necklines. And the object of her affections is a bisexual woman who is in an open, polyamorous marriage with a man (played by out actor John Benjamin Hickey). The result, where a fictional community is marginalized while very real marginalized communities (people of color are also very well represented throughout) are embraced intentionally but without mention, is almost disconcerting. As a metaphor for identity and social justice, the show is at once an aspirational depiction of what the goal is, and a stark reminder of how far away the goal is. And, metaphors aside, it features a cynical, hard-drinking, femme fatale who can leap tall buildings in a single bound and is never at a loss for a clever quip to punctuate a roundabout kick to the head. So, naturally, I’m in love. ▼ Eric Peterson is a diversity and inclusion educator and pop culture enthusiast living in Washington DC. He is the co-host of a weekly podcast about old movies; visit his website at www.rewindpod.com.


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epresentatives from three area Green Teams—Epworth, St. Peter’s, and Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware—along with Delaware Interfaith Power and Light (DeIPL), met on May 21 at Epworth Church to form DelMarVa Green. Its mission is to create an awareness of the effect pollution is having on our Earth, to educate people on how to adopt more environmentally sustainable habits, and to take action. Additionally, it aims to advocate and foster support for Green Initiatives, personally and at the local and state level. A key objective of the group is working with local municipalities and agencies to develop plans to address recycling, reduce/eliminate single use plastics, encourage clean, efficient use

of energy, and improve water quality. The group also will be working at the state level to address such issues as renewable energy.

On Tuesday, June 18, the DelMarVa Green Team met at the International Student Outreach Program (ISOP) dinner at Epworth. Team members and DeIPL interns interviewed students from many countries to find out their thoughts about the effect of climate change on their homelands and how the causes and impacts are being addressed. DelMarVa Green will be holding meetings in various locations in the area on a monthly basis. Non-secular organizations that share an interest in environmental concerns, as well as secular ones, are invited to send representatives to any upcoming meetings. For information, check the DelMarVa Green site on Facebook or email Janet Taylor-Smith jtaylorsmith711@gmail.com.▼

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ark Cosgrove was born August 24, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on May 28, 2019. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School, Wisconsin, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh. Mark is survived by his husband, Dimitri Berber, whom he married in September 2016, and by his mother, two brothers, five sisters, 14 nieces and nephews, and 16 great-nieces and nephews. Mark lived his life to the fullest, always with a positive attitude. He enjoyed sports, theater, singing, beach, traveling, and spending quality time with his husband, friends, and family. Mark believed in giving back to his community and helping others. These values were present throughout his life, including his successful and varied

careers as an actor, model, employment coach, health care professional, and— most recently—working at a law firm. As a friend and family member, he was always willing to provide a sympathetic ear and make himself available for any help needed. Mark also loved being part of the Rehoboth Beach community for the past 20 years. He enjoyed socializing, playing tennis, and spending time at Poodle Beach. He was very proud of his contributions to CAMP Rehoboth’s LGBTQ community support programs, including acting in and writing many successful scripts for the beloved CAMP Rehoboth Follies. Mark will be remembered as having made a special impact in the community, and being loved by his husband, family, and friends.▼

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AVENUE (LGBT) Q by Doug Yetter

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t was 1973 when I came out (the first time)—the American Psychiatric Association had just voted homosexuality off the list of mental disorders. Unfortunately, I was only attracted to men who had a whole basketful of things still on that list. After a decade of really disastrous relationships with drunks, psychos, and losers, I decided I’d give women a try. Correction: woman. I fell hopelessly in like with a wonderful gal, got married, had two kids, but after 14 years realized I wasn’t very happy. So, I removed the closet door and packed my bags. My career had been entertaining in piano bars since moving to Baltimore in 1988, and now that I was back out of the closet, I procured gigs at the two biggest gay bars in town—Central Station and The Stagecoach. Though I enjoyed the work, this was no place to meet a man. One of my regulars said I needed a weekend in Rehoboth Beach and offered me his condo at Star of the Sea. I did indeed fall in love on that trip—with Rehoboth Beach, and I borrowed that condo every chance I had for the next few years. I knew the beach was the place I ought to be, so I loaded up the truck…and ended up in Manhattan. That’s another story. Since the first time I walked those two magnificent blocks of Baltimore Avenue, they have always been my favorite place to hang. There are soooo many great places on Avenue (LGBT) Q—all anchored by CAMP Rehoboth. I can’t possibly remember all of the shops and restaurants that have come and gone over the years— Lambda Rising, Café Sole, Camel’s Hump, Dream Café, and Seafood Shack come to mind—and the places that have taken root in the heart of our community, like Blue Moon, Aqua, (a)MUSE.), Clear Space, Eden, Jam, Lori’s Oy Vey! Café. Newer additions like Frank & Louie’s, Café Azafran, grandpa (MAC), DiFebo’s, La Fable, and The Pines. Add in great shops like Elegant Slumming, Beach Essentials, the home décor stores, the art galleries, the shops in the two mews.… I’m mean, what’s not to love? And with the recent addition of Steve Elkins Way from Second Avenue to the convention center, my favorite street is now nearly perfect. Don’t get me wrong—I love the whole city! But there’s just something special about good old Avenue (LGBT) Q. Say “hi” if you see me sitting on a bench, gorging myself on ice cream, and inhaling the “mo-zone!” ▼

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE

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AT CAMP REHOBOTH

CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at The Heart of Our Community

Forever Young, by Donna Deely

By the Sea and Beyond The CAMP Rehoboth Gallery is currently featuring the artwork of talented locals Donna Deely and Richard Thibodeau. Deely studied art in college, and rekindled her artistic spirit after moving to New Hope, Pennsylvania, creating work inspired by her fond childhood memories of summers spent on the Jersey shore and a farm in Tennessee. Her art has been shown here in Rehoboth Beach, New Hope, and Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Thibodeau developed a love of art through childhood coloring books, and has pursued a variety of mediums—wood, decoupage, watercolors, oils, pottery, and more! Experimentation led him to reintroduce reverse painting on glass, (a 1900s period technique incorporating Art Deco) and modernized the archaic technique with vibrant colors and dimension. His award-winning art has been exhibited at the Vienna Art Soci-


arts+entertainment ety, the Fairfax Art League in Virginia, and the 205 Lavinia Street Gallery in Milton. Both of these talented artists have created sea-themed work with everything from oysters to mermaids. The exhibit runs July 9-31, with an artists reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 19. CAMP REHOBOTH GALLERY HOURS 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) is hosting auditions August 6-8 (7 p.m.) for It’s Complicated 3.0—three one-act plays with LGBTQ themes to be performed November 1-3. Auditions are a short interview and a cold reading with director Russell Stiles. Can’t make the auditions? Contact Russell: 814-935-8821. Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm.com) screens new Independent films through the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. Try “Food & Film Wednesdays.” Attend the 4 p.m. screening for $8, and have dinner at Lefty’s Alley & Eats for $10. National Theatre Live: Hamlet—July 22 & 23. Ticket sales are open for the 2019-2020 Met season. Check their website for films and show times.

Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) has Mamma Mia!, Hello, Dolly!, and The Wedding Singer—running six nights a week through Labor Day weekend. Children’s Theatre every Saturday morning (11 a.m.), and the LateR Night Show every Saturday night after the mainstage show. The Well-Strung Quartet returns for two shows on July 28. Check out their summer camps for the kids or grandkids. Dickens Parlour Theatre (35715 Atlantic Avenue, Millville; 302-8291071; dptmagic.com) offers magic and comedy in an intimate setting. July 10-16: Chris Capehart; July 17-23: CATCH ME! The Magic Duel at The Dickens; July 24-30: Bruce Gold; July 31-August 6: Ran’d Shine; and running six nights a week through September 1—The Comedy Show Tonight. Freeman Stage (31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville; 800-840-9227; freemanstage.org) offers these July events: 13: Ran’d Shine—Family Magic Show; 15: Buddy Guy with Tom Hambridge; 16: SiriusXM Presents: Moe, Blues Traveler, and G. Love; 17: Havana Hop!; 19: The Hit Men; 20: Hollywood Nights: A Bob Seger Experience; 23: Hello, Dolly! (Clear Space); 24: The War and Treaty; 27: Mike Delguidice & Big Shot (Billy Joel tribute); 28: St. Paul and the Broken Bones with Yola; 29: Ben Folds and Violent Femmes. Check their website for details.

Get into the Honey Pot! CAMP Rehoboth is inviting artists to submit artwork depicting the bear/cub community for display and sale for Honey Pot! The Sweet and Sticky Lives of Bears—in conjunction with the Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend in September. Deadline for submissions is August 4. Requirements for the show at: camprehoboth.com/programs/camp-rehoboth-arts.

The Milton Theatre (110 Union St., Milton; 302-684-3038; miltontheatre. com) “keeps Milton weird!” July events: 12: Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones Tribute); 13: Brian Hoffman’s Remember Red (Red Skelton Tribute); 19: Aunt Mary Pat Disabatino; 25: Lez Zeppelin (Rehoboth Beach Convention Center); 27: David Bowie Tribute Band; 28: Ottawa Valley—Celtic music. Check their website for details. Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) offers their Possum Juniors’ presentation of Annie—July 19-21. Visit their website for details on shows and summer camps. Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Rehoboth Avenue at the Boardwalk; rehobothbandstand.com) hosts these July concerts: 12: Vinyl Shockley; 13: Yellow Brick Road (Elton John Tribute); 14: Tim Laushey Orchestra; 18: Cinema by the Surf (film to be announced); 19: Kategory 5 Band; 20: Takin’ It to the Streets (Doobie Brothers Tribute); 21: Josh Christina; 26: Lower Case Blues; 27: 70s Flashback Band; 28: Indian River. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (in residence at Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Rd.; 302-227-6766; rehobothchildrenstheatre@gmail.com) presents The Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. Theatre and film/TV camps through August 23. Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-422-0220/800838-3006; secondstreetplayers.com) opens Happy Days—a New Musical— July 19-28 in their newly-renovated theater. Stango Park Concerts (corner of Kings Highway & Adams Street, Lewes; leweschamber.com) presented every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. July 16: The Girlfriends. July 23: Pete Kirkpatrick; July 30: The Hit Time Revue. Bring a blanket or a beach chair! Rain location: Cape Henlopen High.

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Lifeguard Practice Swim by Rod Cook, Back Porch Café.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

offers new and classic Delaware photographs by Kevin Fleming.

Abraxas Studio of Art (515 Federal Street, Lewes; 302-645-9119; abraxasart. com) features the oil portraits and landscape paintings of Abraxas.

Gallery 37 (8 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-2652318; marciareedpainting. com) represents over 45 artists and artisans from around the country with fine art, wood-turned vessels, fibers, glass art, and more.

The Back Porch Cafe (59 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-2273674; rodcook.us) presents New Work 2019 by Rodney Cook, July 17-August 14. Reception with the Artist— Sunday, July 21, 4-6 p.m. The Brush Factory on Kings (830 Kings Highway, Lewes; 302-745-2229; Facebook@ brushlewes) houses a co-op of 50 local artisans and merchants. CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-2275620; camprehoboth.com) features By the Sea and Beyond. (See listing elsewhere in this column). Cape Artists Gallery (110 W. 3rd Street, Lewes; 302-6447733; capeartists.org) is a half block from the Zwaanendael Museum and features the work of two dozen artists, with much of their art focused on beach scenes. Delaware Art Gallery (239 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-8535099; kevinfleming.com) Letters 88 JULY 12, 2019

Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) in addition to original paintings, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media, they currently feature oil paintings and pours by Kim Klabe— through July 18. Opening July 19: Photography by Bruce Clayton. Opening reception: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Growth by Allyson Travis, Peninsula Gallery.

Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203; heidilowejewelry.com) has unique handmade pieces and classes in jewelry making. Check out Amend—Connecting Past to Present—at the Rehoboth Art League through July 21. Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) offers over 3000 square feet of display and custom framing. Their July show is Beyond Skin Deep— an exhibition examining the art of tattoo artists. Through July 27. Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) Current Exhibitions: 46th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibit; Amend—works by Heidi Lowe; Vicissitudes— works by G. W. Thompson; A Moment—works by Sydney McGinley. All four through July 21. Coastal Living (Juried Members’ Showcase Exhibition)—through July 14. Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310; rehobothbeachmuseum. org) has fresh exhibits on their renovated second floor for you to enjoy, and lots of Rehoboth Beach history on the first floor. The 14th Annual Rehoboth Beach Ball will be at Kings Creek Country Club—August 3. Check the calendar on their website for walking tours and special events.

Cyclosilicate by Anna Johnson, Heidi Lowe Gallery.

Tideline Gallery (111 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-4444; tidelinegallery.com) offers unique gifts, Judaica, jewelry, pottery, lamps, and art glass. Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-2272710) features art in different mediums by abstract expressionist Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin. ▼ Doug is the Artistic & Musical Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, Director of Music Ministries at Epworth UMC, and co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theater Company. Contact Doug at dougyetter@gmail.com if you want to add your events to the calendar.

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.


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by Terri Schlichenmeyer

BOOKED SOLID Rainbow Warrior: My Life in Color by Gilbert Baker c.2019, Chicago Review Press $26.99/$35.99 Canada 256 pages At its most basic, it’s just a piece of cloth. A nice poly-blend, perhaps, or a hank of nylon in a fade-resistant color. There are holes in one end to fasten to a pole or rope, but it’s otherwise just a piece of cloth. Yet, people have died for it and, as in the new book Rainbow Warrior by Gilbert Baker, that flag could be the fabric of revolution. Even as a small child, Gilbert Baker knew that he was gay. He grew up in Kansas, a child who loved to draw, create, wear fancy dresses, and dream of being an artist. Alas, art wasn’t a career in his parents’ eyes. So Baker, as a young man, lied about his gayness and enlisted in the Army, where he quickly realized he was in for years of abuse (at best) or Vietnam (at worst). He “lived in terror� before filing as a conscientious objector; the Army instead listed him as a medic and sent him to San Francisco. It was the perfect accidental gift. “When I got to San Francisco,� he said, “I knew I wasn’t ever going back to Kansas.� Five days a week, Baker worked in an Army laboratory; the rest of the time was his to fall in love, explore his new city, and work on his sewing skills. Stitching became an obsession and by 1977, he was making costumes and banners for demonstrations. When he was asked to make something special for the city’s Gay Freedom Day Parade

of 1978, he thought about the rainbow as a flag, and dived right in. While that first flag was a big hit, Baker writes that the symbol didn’t take off quite as much as he’d hoped. Still, it was present in every “street activistsâ€? event he was part of, at every parade, and protest. “One pair of scissorsâ€? and a mile of fabric could “change the whole dynamic,â€? he wrote later. It was “a pure act of rebellion.‌â€? Rainbow Warrior was compiled from several manuscripts that the late author, Gilbert Baker, left after his death in 2017, a fact that would have been helpful to have, early-on. You’ll be more forgiving of the overly-florid prose, knowing that. Aside from that annoyance—one appearing throughout the book—readers may also notice a bit of pretentiousness, lots of snarky fighting, endless drugs, and getting naked in Baker’s narrative, which is likewise forgivable because much of it takes place post-Stonewall, post-Summer-of-Love, pre-AIDS. And thus is the appeal here. Baker was one of the more ferociously involved protesters, by his own account, and his anecdotes are priceless. He gives readers a good first-person look at early efforts for gay rights, and eye-opening, sometimes jawdropping, behind-the-scenes peeks at life as a young gay man during an uprising. It’s a lively, outrageous look at outrage, in an account that seems not to have held one thing back. That makes Rainbow Warrior readable and entertaining and, despite its overly-ornate verbosity, a good look at revolution cut from a different cloth. ▟ Terri Schlichenmeyer has been reading since she was three years old and never goes anywhere without a book. Always Overbooked, she lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 15,000 books.

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CAMPDates SUNDAYS

• Alcoholics Anon. Open Discussion. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Ave. 9 am. • T-Dance w/DJ Biff. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3 pm. 302-227-1023 • 4th Sunday. Healing Circle. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Ave. 5 pm. • Ed Mills. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 Rehoboth Ave. 5 pm. 302-227-6080

• Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023

• Karaoke w/Mike & Scott. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 Rehoboth Ave. 8 pm. 302-227-6080

• Pamala Stanley. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 6 pm. 302-227-6515

• Karaoke. Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-226-1139

• Reggae Nite. Murph’s Beef & Ale, 37169 Rehoboth Ave. 6 pm. 302-212-5355

• Fantasy Friday. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023

• 2nd Wednesday. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Ave. 6:30 pm. 302-227-5620

• Spotlight Show. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515

• Alt. Wednesdays. Men’s Discussion Group. • Last Sunday of each month. TransSocial of Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Delaware. Metropolitan Community Church, Holland Glade Rd. 7 pm. 302-227-5620 19369 Plantations Rd., Lewes. 7 pm. meet• Open Mic w/John Flynn. Diego’s Bar up.com/Rehoboth-TransLiance Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 7 pm. • Karaoke. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 302-227-1023 Rehoboth Ave. 8 pm. 302-227-1023 • Karaoke w/Rick. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 • Climax! w/Magnolia. Blue Moon, 35 BaltiRehoboth Ave. 8 pm. 302-227-6080 more Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515 • Games w/Magnolia. Blue Moon, 35 Balti• The Birdcage Bad Girls Drag Show. Purple more Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515 Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave. 10 pm. 302-226-1139

MONDAYS

• Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023 • Matthew Kenworthy. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 Rehoboth Ave. 5 pm. 302-227-6080 • Pamala Stanley. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 6 pm. 302-227-6515 • Bandeoke! Karaoke with a live band. Murph’s Beef & Ale, 37169 Rehoboth Ave. 7 pm. 302-212-5355 • Game Night w/Brittany Lynn & The Drag Queen Mafia. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 7:30 pm. 302-227-1023

TUESDAYS

• Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market. Grove Park. 11 am-2 pm • Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023 • Matt Lafferty. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 5 pm. 302-227-1023 • Pamala Stanley. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 6 pm. 302-227-6515 • 2nd Tuesday. PFLAG. Lewes Library, 111 Adams St. 6 pm. pflagrehobothbeach@ gmail.com. • 3rd Tuesday. Kent County LGBT Dover Support and Social Group. Christ Episcopal Church, 523 South State St., Dover. 7 pm. lgbtdover_kent@yahoo.com • Young People’s AA. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Ave. 8 pm. • International Dance Party. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023 • Bingo w/The Ladies of the Blue Moon. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515

WEDNESDAYS

• Historic Lewes Farmers Market at Crooked Hammock. Kings Hwy. 8-11 am. (Jun-Aug)

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SATURDAYS

• Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023

JULY 21 • Drag Brunch. Goolee’s Grille, 11 S 1st St. 1 pm. Reservations suggested. 302-2277653. • DJ Isis Muretech. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3 pm. 302-227-1023

JULY 22 • Lindsey Alley. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. $27.50 pp. 302-227-6515. bluemoonrehoboth.com

• Alcoholics Anon. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Baltimore Ave. 12 noon. 302-856-6452

• Historic Lewes Farmers Market. George H.P. JULY 23 Smith Park. 8 am-noon. (May-September) • CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program (CROP) • 1st & 3rd Saturdays. Women’s Coffee Talk. volunteers at the Delaware Food Bank in CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, 37 Milford. To volunteer register at camprehoBaltimore Ave. 10 am. 302-227-5620 both.com/volunteers • 1st Saturday w/John Flynn. Murph’s Beef & Ale, 37169 Rehoboth Ave. Ext. 7 pm. JULY 26-SEPTEMBER 1 302-212-5355 • 81st Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition. • Karaoke w/Mike & Scott. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane. 404 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-6080 302-227-8408 • Karaoke. Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-226-1139 JULY 26

• Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023

• DJ Steve Strasser. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023

THURSDAYS

• CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Golf League. American Classic Golf Course. 5 pm. See Ad • Cathy Gorman. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 5 pm. 302-227-1023 • Pamala Stanley. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 6 pm. 302-227-6515 • Holly Lane w/John Flynn. Café Azafran, 18 Baltimore Ave. 7 pm. 302-227-8100 • SLAA/SAA Meeting. All Saints’ Church Hall, Lower Level, 18 Olive Ave. 7:30 pm. 302745-7929 • Lower Case Blues. Murph’s Beef & Ale, 37169 Rehoboth Ave Ext. 7:30 pm. 302212-5355 • Karaoke. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, 404 Rehoboth Ave. 8 pm. 302-227-6080 • Karaoke. Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-226-1139 • Flashback Thursdays w/Music from the 80s & 90s. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023 • Karaoke w/The Ladies of the Blue Moon. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515

FRIDAYS

• Yappy Hour. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 3-8 pm. 302-227-1023 • Ladies Happy Hour w/DJ Sandra and Steph Dalee. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 4-8 pm. 302-227-1023 • FURst Friday Bear Happy Hour. The Pond, 3 S. First St. 302-227-2234 • Rock n’ Roll w/The Girlfriends. Murph’s Beef & Ale, 37169 Rehoboth Ave Ext. 5 pm. 302-212-5355 • Drag Show. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 7 pm. 302-227-1023

• Release Dance Party. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023 • Legends. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. 302-227-6515

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JUNE 14-JULY 21

• Happy Hour w/Your Dog to benefit Delaware Humane Association. Diego’s Bar • 46th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition. Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 4-7 pm. Rehoboth Art League. 12 Dodds Lane. delawarehumane.org 302-227-8408 • DJ Steve Strasser. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023

JUNE 25-AUGUST 31

• Mamma Mia! Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave. clearspacetheatre.org

JUNE 28-AUGUST 29 • Hello, Dolly! Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave. clearspacetheatre.org

JULY 3-AUGUST 27 • The Wedding Singer. Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Ave. clearspacetheatre.org

JULY 13 • DJ Ryan Doubleyou. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023

JULY 15 • Linda Clifford. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. 27.50 pp. 302-227-6515. bluemoonrehoboth.com

JULY 20 • The Kinsey Sicks! Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave. 8 pm. 302-227-5620. camprehoboth.com • DJ Isis Muretech. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023 • Delaware Pride Hatchet Party. Stumpy’s Hatchet House, 819 Middletown Warwick Rd. Middletown, DE. 10 pm-12 am. $20 pp.

JULY 29 • Dixie Longate. Blue Moon, 35 Baltimore Ave. 9:30 pm. $27.50 pp. 302-227-6515. bluemoonrehoboth.com

JULY 31-OCTOBER 20 • Rehoboth Dreaming—A Juried Members’ Showcase. Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane. 302-227-8408

AUGUST 3 • 14th Annual Rehoboth Museum Beach Ball. Kings Creek Country Club. 7 pm. rehobothbeachmuseum.org • DJ Morabito. Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave. 9 pm. 302-227-1023

AUGUST 3-4 • Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show. 12 Dodds Lane. 302-227-8408.

AUGUST 4 • Drag Brunch. Goolee’s Grille, 11 S 1st St. 1 pm. Reservations 302-227-7653.


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THE REAL DIRT

by Eric W. Wahl

From Garden to Table

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rending right now, in every hip part of the country (do they say hip anymore?), you’ll probably hear about Farm to Table events where local produce is highlighted and celebrated as part of the dining experience. Truth be told, I took part in one recently on a working farm, where I assisted a chef friend of mine in catering the event. We prepped, cooked, and plated locally sourced food right in the field and served it to eagerly awaiting guests. It was the third time I’ve helped him for this annual Summer Solstice event, and it’s simply amazing. If we look back at our own evolution and how we shared food with one another, I guess we would have to start with our ancestors who subsisted off the land as hunters and gatherers. We were beholden to what Mother Nature had to offer and that was enough. Once we started forming communities, things got trickier. Much more food was needed to sustain the growing population. The answer to that conundrum was agriculture, or the act of growing and harvesting our own food. This projected us into a new standard of living and gave us the tools to exponentially increase our populations year after year. Agriculture could be argued to be a key in our survival and a way to evade an early extinction as a species. Agriculture on a mass scale has prospered ever since and within every populated region of the planet. However, there have been times where smaller, productive gardens have been almost as important. For example, the monastic gardens of the middle ages gave us insight on plants that provided medicinal as well as tasty benefits. The gardens were known for being inward-looking and meditative in character, but were filled with fragrance, color, and a productive plant palette. They were based on early Persian gardens that always included water as it was life-giving, and where the pathways symbolized the major rivers of their area. For the Persians, this was a reflection of paradise on earth.

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Moving forward, families who could afford them had kitchen gardens outside the home, which were loosely based on the monastic and Persian gardens. Divided into quadrants with pathways in between for access, kitchen gardens

It is estimated that 18 million Victory Gardens were in the United States by 1943 focused on herbs, available vegetables of that time, and maybe some fruiting shrubs or trees that could have their fruit be preserved for later use. In the early 19th century, larger and larger farms produced more and more food for the masses. Kitchen gardens began to decline and began to take on a more decorative nature; they could also be viewed as a status symbol for the upper classes. Once the 20th century arrived, along with World Wars I and II, many farms became casualties of the conflicts in Europe. Victory Gardens were promoted as a way to lessen the burden on farmers and to instill patriotism. These Victory Gardens became popular in the United

States as well, especially during WWII, and were promoted by propaganda posters of the time. It is estimated that 18 million Victory Gardens were in the United States by 1943. After the war, what I call “the age of convenience” began. Food became industrialized, and everything imaginable was at the consumer’s fingertips, either in a bottle, in a can, or in a prepackaged box. TV dinner anyone? I have a TV tray we can use as we watch Wonder Woman or The A-Team. Now in the 21st century, a more health-conscious movement has been taking root. We have begun to realize that many of the innovative methods that increased food production might not be as good for us as we were led to believe. Organic and “natural” foods are “in,” and sustainability enters the food lexicon. Community gardens and urban rooftop gardens can be found from suburban open spaces to downtown city cores. Growing your own food and documenting it to the social media crowds is all the rage. I wonder if the more “likes” one gets, the more productive the garden will be? In any case, I’m glad the home-farmer is trending. Gardening and the act of growing your own food is beneficial in more ways than you can count, and we are just beginning to realize the benefits to our psychological health. I recently attended a seminar entitled “Your Brain on Green,” and was absolutely stunned at the benefits of just viewing green, open spaces. As I like to say, growing your own food allows us to share in the garden’s abundance. Whether it’s sharing it with your community food pantry, at a local farmers market, or with friends and family in a Garden to Table dinner experience, I say it’s high time we start gardening together. ▼ Eric W. Wahl, RLA is a landscape architect at Element Design Group and president of the Delaware Native Plant Society.


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(141648) Lot Rent $740/mt

McNICOL PLACE - Lewes. 1977 3BR/2BA. LV, dining room, nice kitchen. Updated but needs a bit of flooring work. Oversized shed. 5 miles to beach. $45,900

SILVER VIEW FARM Rehoboth. 1979 3BR/2BA Modified singlewide. Excellent shape outside, but needs interior work. Pool & 3 miles to beach. $28,900 (140598)

WHITE HOUSE BEACH – Long Neck. 1986 3BR/2BA doublewide waterfront home. Fully furn. & TURN KEY. Slip rentals or community boat ramp. Golf cart included. $59,900

COLONIAL EAST - Rehoboth. 1978 3BR/1.5BA home has been nicely remodeled. Laminate flooring, new carpet, fresh paint. Olympic-size pool. 4 miles to beach. $95,000

ASPEN MEADOWS – Rehoboth. 1986 2BR/2BA w/ sunroom. Screen porch. 2 sheds. Fenced yard. Newer HVAC. 4 miles to beach. Community pool. $68,900

Lot Rent $571/mt

(138940) Lot Rent $1053/mt

(140668) Lot Rent $704/mt

(140994) Lot Rent $599/mt

(143006) Lot Rent $499/mt

(129286) Lot Rent $740/mt

20250 Coastal Highway - Suite 3, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

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Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 29, No. 9  

LGBTQ News Publication from CAMP Rehoboth. Inc., a community center and organization serving Delaware

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 29, No. 9  

LGBTQ News Publication from CAMP Rehoboth. Inc., a community center and organization serving Delaware