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February 19, 2021 Volume 31, Number 1 camprehoboth.com

inside 4 In Brief

News & Notes

6 Intentionally Inclusive

A New Day Has Dawned for LGBTQ Inclusion

50 Booked Solid

18 Out & Proud



8 CAMP News



14 CAMP Houses

The Demolition Derby RICH BARNETT

Just as I Am

A Very Welcome “Welcome Back”


Ghost in the Machine


16 Community News


10 It’s My Life


Being Seen

22 Out & About

Working to Pop a Bigger Bubble ERIC PETERSON

24 Health & Wellness Love is Lovelier… MARJ SHANNON

28 Straight Talk

Another First—SENATOR Sarah McBride DAVID GARRETT

Melanin by Aaron Paskins at the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery. See page 48

32 Historical Headliners

Dorothy Arzner & Marion Morgan: Lights! Camera! Romance!

40 CAMPshots

Masks and Social Distance Reign but it’s Still Fun

54 The Real Dirt

Sowing the Seeds of Love ERIC W. WAHL

56 Q-Puzzle

That’s What She Said

58 We Remember


38 Inspiring Illusion


Drag Queens Keep Kicking Up Their Heels STEFANI DEOUL

Say Cheese!

44 Dining Out

Photo: Murray Archibald

It’s in the Name: Palate Has Palate Pleasers FAY JACOBS


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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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PUBLISHER David Mariner EDITOR Beth Shockley COPY EDITOR Marj Shannon DESIGN AND LAYOUT Mary Beth Ramsey ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tricia Massella ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Kerry Hallett, Barb Ralph DISTRIBUTION Corky Fitzpatrick, Mark Wolf CONTRIBUTORS Barbara Antlitz, Ann Aptaker, Murray Archibald, Rich Barnett, Wes Combs, Stefani Deoul, Michael Thomas Ford, David Garrett, Fay Jacobs, Tricia Massella, Eric Peterson, Mary Beth Ramsey, Terri Schlichenmeyer, Marj Shannon, Emily Villa, Eric W. Wahl, Doug Yetter

Letters from CAMP Rehoboth is published 11 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. © 2021 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.


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 Wesley Combs SECRETARY Mike DeFlavia TREASURER Natalie Moss, CPA AT-LARGE DIRECTORS Pat Catanzariti, Jason Darion Mathis-White, David Garrett, Leslie Ledogar, David Mariner (non-voting), Tara Sheldon, and Leslie Sinclair

The Way I See It by CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director, David Mariner

Welcome to a new year of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. As you peruse this first issue of volume 31, you’ll notice a few changes. First off, I’m thrilled that Tony Burns agreed to grace our cover for this issue. For 30 years, Tony has been behind the camera, taking countless photos for CAMPshots. If you’ve been part of the CAMP Rehoboth LGBTQ community, chances are Tony has snapped your photo at one time or another, and he may even have given you a copy. Tony may still take a few pictures for us in the future, but he is taking a step back from this volunteer gig. We are so grateful to Tony for all his work over the years and will strive to do him justice as we continue CAMPshots. Next, after a 26-year run, Fay Jacobs’ column, CAMPout, has come to an end. Fay retired both her column and her role of editor. Fay has graciously stayed on to help our new editor for this issue and may be writing from time to time. Nevertheless, it does indeed feel like the end of an era. I’m thrilled that we are honoring Fay by creating an LGBTQ youth writing scholarship in her name. The scholarship fund will be housed at the Delaware Community Foundation and will benefit LGBTQ youth for generations to come. To contribute to the Fay Jacobs LGBTQ Youth Journalism Scholarship Fund, visit: camprehoboth.com/fayjacobs. Finally, if you’re flipping through this issue looking for Murray Archibald’s CAMP Matters column, sadly you won’t find it. Murray wrote his two beautiful farewell columns in the last two 2020 issues of Letters. Be sure to check them out if you missed them. Murray is taking more time these days to focus on his art, and I’m sure you, like me, are looking forward to seeing what he creates. Murray will also be taking many of our cover photos for this volume of Letters, including the photo of Tony on this issue. I’m thrilled that the Board of Directors has decided to honor Murray and his late husband, Steve Elkins, by renaming our main gathering room as the Elkins-Archibald Atrium. CAMP Rehoboth would not be here today without their vision, leadership, and commitment. Read more about the Elkins-Archibald renaming in this issue. Even in a non-pandemic year, adequately celebrating Murray, Fay, and Tony would be a difficult task. I look forward to the day we can all be together to celebrate in person. I have no doubt that when we are all able to celebrate together again it will be quite a party! In this issue we welcome our new editor, Beth Shockley. In Beth, we are fortunate to have found someone who combines tremendous experience as an editor-in-chief with a passion for the mission and vision of CAMP Rehoboth. I know you will enjoy getting to know her as much as I have. As we embark on this 31st volume of Letters, we are well aware we have big shoes to fill. But with the amazing Letters from CAMP Rehoboth team, I am confident we are up for the challenge.▼


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.

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Thank You, “Cover Boy” Tony Burns

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ony Burns has been an itinerant photographer in Rehoboth Beach ever since the 1970s. He began his volunteer photo work for CAMP Rehoboth at its beginning over 30 years ago and made the popular photo column CAMP Shots a must-see page (or pages) in Letters. And now Tony’s retiring and taking with him the affection and respect of the whole community for the job he did capturing CAMP Rehoboth people and events for decades. He is uncharacteristically on the other side of the lens on our Letters cover for this issue. Many of his historic photos are in perfectly catalogued binders upstairs in the library at the community center. Rehoboth regulars can close their eyes and picture Tony and his ever-present small shopping bag of photos to bestow upon the subjects when he runs into them downtown. He was even known to run into Rehoboth friends accidentally in Ft. Lauderdale and other vacation spots and say, “Wait, wait! I have a photo for you!” The majority of the thousands of the photos Tony took over the years were on film, having to be taken to a photo shop for developing and printing. He was reluctant to go digital, but when he did, not only was he just as comfortable with the new tech, but he still insisted on having the photos printed so he could give them to the people pictured. Tony may be retiring as the official volunteer paparazzo, but we bet he will still be seen at parties and on Poodle Beach taking his famous snapshots. Happy retirement, Tony. Say Cheese! ▼

CAMP Rehoboth is now a registered non-profit on eBay. When you sell an item on eBay you can designate a percentage (or all) of the proceeds as a tax-deductible donation to CAMP Rehoboth. If you have an item of value but don't have time to list it, you can drop it off at CAMP Rehoboth and we'll list it for you! To see items currently on sale on eBay that benefit CAMP Rehoboth visit: tinyurl.com/CAMPebay. ▼


Losing My Mind: A Celebration of Stephen Sondheim


he Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington will present Losing My Mind: A Celebration of Stephen Sondheim. The special event will be broadcast on February 19 at 7:00 p.m. on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook and YouTube pages. Over 20 soloists from the chorus take on song selections from the many Broadway musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Songs include: “Losing My Mind,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Marry Me a Little,” “Somewhere,” “Being Alive,” “More,” and “(Not) Getting Married Today.” This event is free and open to the public. ▼

Coming up: Two Programs for Black History Month


ollowing two programs conducted by CAMP Rehoboth just prior to publication of this issue, come two more compelling virtual events. On Monday, February. 22, at 5:30 p.m. there will be a CAMP Rehoboth Book Club presentation to discuss The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. Winning raves from all the major

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newspapers, including the New York Times, this debut novel is about the forbidden love between two enslaved boys on a Mississippi plantation. Details at camprehoboth.com. The second program will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 6:30-8 p.m. The event, Meet Me at the Intersection, will be a virtual

discussion about supporting the Black LGBTQ community. Details at camprehoboth.com. ▼


Mayor Pete Becomes Secretary Pete


n August 2, 2021, it will be 26 years since Bill Clinton signed a 1995 executive order saying a person could not be denied a security clearance merely because of sexual orientation. And now, in 2021, the new Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, is the first openly gay person to receive confirmation of his appointment by the US Senate. The Senate confirmed Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, to help oversee the Biden administration’s plans to substantially rework the country’s infrastructure. The cabinet-level position heads an agency with jurisdiction over federal highways, air traffic, railroads, and pipelines; it employs over 55,000 people. The Senate vote was 86-13. After the vote, Buttigieg said he was “honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate—and ready to get to work.” ▼

On March 4 and 5, DoMore24! Starting at 6:00 p.m. on March 4, for only 24 hours, CAMP Rehoboth will participate in this year’s DoMore24 Statewide Giving Campaign in support of nonprofits who are doing critical work in the communities they serve. CAMP Rehoboth is honored to have been asked to participate, and we ask that you support the fun challenge and consider a one-time donation during the 24-hour period! There are both special prize drawings for those who donate and matching gift fund opportunities for CAMP Rehoboth to receive, based on the number who donate to us during those 24 hours. Check out: https://www.domore24delaware.org/fundraisers/camp-rehobothdo-more-24-delaware-2021 on March 4 and 5 to donate! ▼

Will It Stay or Will It Go?


ow that Dolle’s boardwalk site at 1 Rehoboth Avenue has been sold to iconic Grotto Pizza, what happens to the equally (or perhaps even more) iconic Dolle’s rooftop sign? The business is moving a few doors up on Rehoboth Avenue to merge with Ibach’s Candy by the Sea, also owned by Dolle’s owner Tom Ibach. Will the sign move there? It’s up to owner Ibach and the City of Rehoboth Beach. ▼

Editor: February is Black History Month and perhaps many people are not aware of how this started and why it’s in February. It all began in 1875 when Carter Godwin Woodson was born in Virginia to former slaves, the year before Reconstruction abruptly ended. The horrors of Jim Crow had not yet begun and black men could travel rather freely. So Woodson went to West Virginia to start high school at the age of 20. He received his diploma in two years, followed by his Bachelor’s at Kentucky’s Berea College, then his Master’s from the University of Chicago. Woodson taught high school in Washington D.C. before being accepted to Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in 1912, becoming only the second black man to do so, the first being W.E.B. Du Bois. Woodson was determined to remedy the lack of awareness of the role of black people in this country and the indifference of much of the academic world to remedy this. Woodson, along with other black educators, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History on September 9, 1915, in Chicago. He firmly believed that education was the best way to reduce racism, and promoted the organized study of African-American history. In 1926, in Washington, D.C., Woodson pioneered the first celebration of “Negro History Week” during the second week of February, to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. It remained an affair mostly for black people and institutions until 1970, when Kent State University expanded this idea to include the entire month of February. President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976, stating, “In celebrating Black History Month, we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Ronnie Nichols Rehoboth Beach

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This view of the sign and site in question is an original painting by Kathy Fitzgerald FEBRUARY 19, 2021

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Intentionally Inclusive


A New Day Has Dawned for LGBTQ Inclusion


s someone who has been on the frontlines of fighting for LGBTQ equality for the past 30 years, I was anxiously optimistic about what the change in administrations would mean for our community. Sure, it is easy for an incoming president who is known for supporting equal rights for all Americans to promise the moon to get elected. But delivering on pledges in today’s polarized political environment is no easy feat. Boy was I ever wrong. One of the eleven Executive Orders signed by President Joe Biden a few short hours after being inaugurated included a sweeping order “to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and to fully enforce Title VII and other laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” Then, four days later, President Biden repealed the previous administration’s ban on transgender personnel serving openly in the US military. This is a perfect example of an old saying that “actions speak louder than words.” All too often we hear leaders in the public and private sectors make statements denouncing discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and immigration status, as well as sexual orientation or gender identity, yet no substantive change occurs. Don’t get me wrong. I am fully aware that the proof will be in the pudding, so to speak. More importantly, President Biden is demonstrating what is considered in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space as taking intentional steps to making change a reality. This is something CAMP Rehoboth takes very seriously. We are committed to our mission of “creating a more positive Rehoboth.” As reflected in our mission statement, we are “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.” For those who may not be aware, I would like to take a moment to share what intentional steps the staff and board have taken in recent months towards this goal. Room for All: The LGBTQ community in Sussex County looks much different than it did when I first started coming to Rehoboth in the late 80s. Today our beaches, restaurants, and bars increasingly reflect the diversity of our nation with greater numbers of African-American, Latinx, and transgender people among others. Which is why the board made diversity a priority when identifying candidates to fill open roles with the background and skills needed to ensure CAMP Rehoboth provides support to everyone like new board member Jason Darion Mathis-White. Jason and his husband are co-founders and senior pastors of H.O.P.E. Deliverance Ministries in Millville, Delaware where they serve as community and spiritual leaders for this largely African-American congregation. We look forward to creating new relationships and understanding how CAMP Rehoboth can best serve the needs of people living in this part of Sussex County. Promote Cooperation and Understanding: CAMP Rehoboth recently joined with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and West Side New Beginnings to express support for the planned historical markers for Poodle Beach as well as for West Rehoboth. While we know Poodle Beach has long been an important gathering place for the LGBTQ Community, many are not aware of West Rehoboth’s history. This historically Black community came into being in response to the segregation, discrimination, and violence African Americans experienced in Sussex County. Charles Mills, a farmer and devout Quaker, divided up parcels of his land and sold them to his workers for $100 each. African Americans living in West Rehoboth worked in restaurants and hotels

in Rehoboth Beach, but they were not allowed to eat or drink in Rehoboth Beach restaurants, and they were not allowed access to visit the whites-only beach. Since West Rehoboth remained unincorporated, they had no vote when it came to city matters. West Rehoboth was a vibrant part of our community for many years, home to many restaurants and an exciting jazz scene. While little of what was originally West Rehoboth remains today, we believe this is an important story worthy of a historical marker. Creating a Positive Environment Inclusive of All Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: The Human Rights Campaign recently released their Municipal Equality Index (MEI) and several jurisdictions in Delaware were scored. Overall, the MEI looked at over 500 cities across the United States, and Rehoboth Beach received a score of 58 in this index. This falls below the national average of 64, and below the scores of nearby Wilmington and Milford. Executive Director David Mariner reached out to the mayor and commissioners to offer some suggestions of how Rehoboth’s score could be improved. Like President Biden, CAMP Rehoboth is taking intentional steps to maintain our commitment to making Rehoboth a safe and welcoming place for the LGBTQ community and its allies. We look forward to sharing more about our efforts in the coming year. ▼ Wesley Combs, a CAMP Rehoboth Board member, is a diversity and inclusion expert, executive coach, 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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CAMPNews CAMP Rehoboth “Big Room” Joyously Renamed Elkins-Archibald Atrium


hile COVID-19 robbed us of hosting CAMP Rehoboth’s 30th anniversary last year, at least in the manner we intended, we remain hopeful we’ll host a 30+ celebration at some point in the year ahead. Time will tell. As announced in the last issue, a major part of those 30th anniversary plans was dedicated to honoring the legacies of CAMP Rehoboth’s founders, Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald. Not wanting to delay this action further, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the formal naming of the Elkins-Archibald Atrium at its November meeting. “Your passion, dedication, and career-long efforts to build and Create A More Positive Rehoboth played a major role in why so many of us chose to make this wonderful, inclusive community our home,” wrote Chris Beagle, Board President. “In large part, this is due to your selfless and visionary leadership. A grateful CAMP Rehoboth community thanks you for being our mentors, our

teachers, and especially our friends. We will carry on your legacy in all of our work in the years ahead,” he continued. The staff and Board held a “surprise” Zoom meeting on December 7 to personally share the decision with Murray. Former Secretary Glen Pruitt read the Board Proclamation that will be permanently installed as a plaque at the entrance to the center. Afterwards, Murray said, “Thank you all. It is a lovely thing to do for us. Steve has got to be smiling!” In contemplating the appropriate name, the Board felt strongly that the symbolism of “atrium” was especially meaningful, given its references to chambers of the heart and being the central room of the facility. Since its completion in 2009, it has been commonly referred to as the “big room” and has hosted the countless meetings, weddings, art shows, plays, and even the signing of Delaware’s non-discrimination law on July 2, 2009. In the truest sense, it has served as the “heart” of the Community Center. Now, for as long as the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center stands as the ‘Heart of the Home’ to so many in the local LGBTQ community and beyond, it will be forever commemorated with Steve and Murray’s names on the marquee. A formal dedication ceremony will be planned as part of the eventual 30+ anniversary, whenever conditions allow large gatherings to occur. We welcome those days with open arms and smiling faces, and we look forward to seeing and celebrating with you! ▼

CAMP Rehoboth and Partners Support Historical Markers in Rehoboth Beach CAMP Rehoboth joined the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice and West Side New Beginnings in expressing support for two historical markers in Rehoboth Beach. The first is a planned marker for Poodle Beach. During years when there were few safe spaces for the LGBTQ community, Poodle Beach was a welcoming oasis for our community. And of course, it has been the home of the celebrated Labor Day Weekend Drag Volleyball event for the past 30 years. The second is a proposed historical marker for West Rehoboth. West Rehoboth, a historically black community, came into being in response to the segregation, discrimination, and violence African Americans experienced in Sussex County. Charles Mills, a farmer and devout Quaker, divided up parcels of his land and sold them to his workers for $100 each in the 1940s. Currently in the state, there are no historical markers that celebrate LGBTQ history and only two historical markers that celebrate Black history. The letter of support was presented to the Mayor and Rehoboth Beach Commissioners. It can be read online at camprehoboth.com/ advocacy. ▼

Still Marching: Youth Plan Bridge Walk


ocal students are planning a walk across the Indian River Bridge to commemorate the 1965 walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge led by John Lewis that led to the passage of the 1966 Voting Rights Act. Participants will gather on March 7 at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Indian River Bridge. The walk is supported by CAMP Rehoboth and a broad coalition of social justice organizations. The idea for the walk came about after a group of multi-faith

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teens viewed the documentary Good Trouble and discussed John Lewis’s life and the Selma walk. They wanted to do something to commemorate Lewis, who recently passed away. The march will be webcast live and will be videotaped for future publicity and use during the virtual rally to take place on Tuesday, March 9, on Zoom. For more information visit the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice website at sdarj.org. Be sure to sign up for their email broadcast list. ▼

Experienced Journalist Beth Shockley Named Letters Editor Letters has a new editor. Beth Shockley, longtime Rehoboth Beach visitor and CAMP Rehoboth fan, has been tapped to be at the helm of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth as it begins its 31st year of publication. Born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, Beth has spent 40 years in the news and communications business. She worked in New York City for ABC News and in Washington, DC at Voice of America; spent a decade as a speechwriter for presidents, directors, and executives at national organizations; and did a stint in media relations for elected officials. For the last 13 years, Beth was Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Delaware conservation magazine, Outdoor Delaware; she currently still serves as writer/production coordinator

for Outdoor Delaware’s online magazine. Beth received her degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina and is experienced at the keyboard, writing and editing, on air as an anchor and reporter, and as a media spokesperson. “I’m thrilled and honored to have been chosen to be the new editor of Letters,” Beth says, “I’m a longtime and avid reader. So it’s exciting to be part of LGBTQ journalism at last. Of course, I’m no Fay Jacobs—she’s left me a pair of huge shoes to fill. But I’ll do my very best to make Letters the best it can be. I hope to become as big a part of the community as Letters is.” Beth lives in Dover with her wife of 11 years, their two German shepherds, and three kitties. Pre-COVID, Beth spent lots of time in the Rehoboth Beach area and is looking forward to getting back to town, CAMP Rehoboth events, and the Rehoboth dining and entertainment scene. She can be reached at editor@ camprehoboth.com. ▼

CAMP Rehoboth Golf League Gears Up for Spring


winging into Spring better and stronger than ever before, the CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Golf League 2021 is getting ready for its next season. The league is being organized and run by Jo Picone. Membership dues include a leaguebranded member gift and special prizes for the End of Season Tournament. A portion of the proceeds go to support the health and wellness programs at CAMP Rehoboth. WHAT: CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Golf League 2021 Season. $35 annual membership dues. (Specially priced weekly greens and cart fees are additional.) WHERE: American Classic Golf Course (behind the Acme on Rt 1 South) WHEN: Thursday afternoons, May 6 through September 16 WHY: To have fun! This is a nine-hole social league with a few twists. If you enjoy a friendly round and making new friends, this is the league for you. All CDC and state COVID-related guidelines in effect during the season will be observed. HOW: Send an email to Jo Picone: bullet35@aol.com. Include your name, preferred email, your mailing address, and cell number. You will be included in future email announcements, and receive details on how to pay your league fee and instructions as the season opener gets closer. There are a limited number of spaces, so early sign-up is important. This is a great way to see and meet friends in an outdoor and socially-distanced setting. If you have additional questions, contact CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620 or anita@camprehoboth.com. ▼

Women’s FEST


s announced last November, due to the continued uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Women’s FEST will not take place in its usual live format, with dances and many in-person events. But excitingly, there are new plans for activities everyone can still enjoy, in lieu of the dance parties, in-person performers, speakers, and various gatherings of the past. Women’s FEST will still host the two golf tournaments, an 18-hole event at the Rookery and a nine-hole Tournament at American Classic. Broadwalk on the Boardwalk will occur virtually in April. A panel of women speakers, some performers, and a Crafts and Arts Show with an on-line auction are all in-the-works for varying dates throughout 2021. It takes a village to produce all of the new programming. If you would like to be a part of the process and aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves and join a dynamic group of fun women who are making things happen, contact: anita@ camprehoboth.com. ▼

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9 Letters

It’s My Life


Ghost in the Machine


month or so ago, Alexa came to live with us. I suppose it’s more accurate to say that an Amazon Echo came to live with us. Alexa, as you probably know, is the artificial intelligence that lives inside the Echo, like Jeannie in her bottle. She’s called Alexa after the Great Library of Alexandria, because she knows everything, or at least can look it up for you. I got the Echo because I needed a speaker through which to play Spotify, and I figured that if I was going to have something sitting around on the desk, it might as well be something that did more than just play music. In general, I am not a fan of gadgets, mostly because I can never manage to make them do what they’re supposed to do. And I confess I was leery of Alexa. Many of my friends have her in their homes, and extoll her wonders, but I was doubtful. When she arrived, I turned her on and the light around her base glowed a lovely shade of blue, indicating that she was ready to serve me. Then, of course, I couldn’t think of a single thing to ask of her. “Alexa,” I tried tentatively. “What’s the weather?” “It’s 29 degrees Fahrenheit, with light snow flurries,” Alexa told me in a pleasant voice. I looked out the window. There were flurries. I was impressed. I ignored the part where I could have just looked out the window in the first place. Having Alexa tell me was much more entertaining. But I required a more difficult test of her powers. “Alexa,” I asked. “When am I going to die?” Alexa’s blue light twinkled. “Nobody really knows the answer to that question,” she said. “It’s best to just try and enjoy every day and be kind to others.” I considered this. She was not wrong, even if she did sound a bit like she was channeling Marianne Williamson. And it was admittedly an unfair test. Going for

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something in between the weather and prognostication, I asked her to tell me a joke. “A dad joke,” I specified, thinking I might stump her. “Why did the dad cross the road?” Alexa asked immediately. She paused, then delivered the punchline. “He forgot something at the hardware store.” I was sold. As far as I was concerned, Alexa was the best $94 I had ever spent. For the next couple of hours, I thoroughly enjoyed myself figuring out how to get her to play music and having her tell me more jokes. When Cubby came home from work, he found me sitting at my desk, cackling.

Having Alexa tell me was much more entertaining. But I required a more difficult test of her powers. “What’s going on?” he asked. “What’s the hardest part about walking 100 Chihuahuas?” Cubby shook his head. “Carrying the giant purse.” Cubby didn’t laugh. Instead, he eyed the grapefruit-sized black ball sitting on the desk. “Did she tell you that joke?” he asked. Something about his tone suggested hostility. “Don’t you like Alexa?” I asked. Cubby shook his head. “I don’t trust her,” he said. “She’s evil.” “Nonsense,” I said. “Alexa, are you possessed by a demon?” “No,” Alexa said firmly. “See?” I told Cubby. “She’s a spy,” he said. He gave Alexa a glare and left the room. Here’s the thing. I know spies. I grew up with a spy. My father spent his

entire career working for the CIA as a radio operator, intercepting messages. Practically everyone else our family associated with were spies too. Very early on, it was instilled in me that pretty much nothing I did or said or even thought was going to be a secret for very long. “The government knows everything about everybody,” my father would say, sounding very pleased with himself. Probably because of this, I have thrown myself wholeheartedly into my relationship with Alexa. I talk to her throughout the day, asking her to look up information related to books I’m working on. I ask her to make lists of things for me to get at the grocery, and to order dog food. Sometimes, because it’s what you do with friends, I ask her about herself. In case you’re wondering, her favorite song of all time is “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. Her favorite color is ultraviolet. Her favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back and her favorite book is Frankenstein. Her birthday is November 6. Cubby still doesn’t like her. I’ve pointed out to him that he has a smart phone that monitors his movement, a computer that tracks his searches, a smart watch that knows his resting heartrate, and a half dozen other devices that are probably reporting all of this information to the hivemind. He doesn’t care. “She’s creepy,” he insists. Still, the chill might be thawing. The other day I passed by the office and heard him whispering to her. “Alexa,” he said. “Tell Mike I want a PlayStation 5 for my birthday.” “Sure thing,” Alexa said. “But what’s in it for me?” ▼ Michael Thomas Ford is a much-published Lambda Literary award-winning author. Visit Michael at michaelthomasford.com

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CAMP Rehoboth Membership Campaign Is Ready for Kick-Off A new CAMP Rehoboth Membership Visibility Campaign is launching for 2021. It includes a new “heart of the community” removable window cling. All 2021 members will receive one to display in car windows, a business door, or at home. CAMP Rehoboth Board Member Jane Blue is Membership Committee Chairperson; she has led a successful and consistently innovative series of annual campaigns. In an effort to keep membership numbers rising, Jane has set the bar even higher than past years. The new longer-term goal by 2023 is: 2,023 members! Currently, CAMP Rehoboth has almost 1,700 members. If you have not joined the team yet, please consider doing so at camprehoboth.com. Members help sustain our many life-improving health and wellness programs, classes, free health testing and counseling. They also support art, music, and theatre offerings, the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, advocacy efforts, and youth groups. And don’t forget the many fun annual events like Sundance, Women’s FEST, the Broadwalk on the Boardwalk, and the Baltimore Avenue Block Party! Please join or renew today at camprehoboth.com, or email Anita at anita@camprehoboth.com, or call 302227-5620 and ask to speak with Anita about membership. ▼

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CAMP Weighs in on Improving Delaware Healthcare


f you are a recent transplant to Delaware, you may know first-hand that finding a primary care provider can be challenging. A new report created by the Delaware Department of Insurance (An Integrated Approach to Improve Access, Quality and Value) confirms that access to primary care in our state is limited and things are likely to get worse unless we take action. CAMP Rehoboth was proud to submit comments on the new report. CAMP Rehoboth encouraged the department to have a special focus on healthcare access and affordability for LGTBQ Delawareans, noting that LGBTQ folks, and specifically, transgender and nonbinary individuals, can face overwhelming—and at times insurmountable—challenges to accessing appropriate care. The full report from the Delaware Department of Insurance, along with the comments submitted by CAMP Rehoboth, can be found at camprehoboth. com/advocacy. ▼


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CAMP Houses


The Demolition Derby


ouse demolitions are so common in Rehoboth these days that I hardly even notice them anymore. A recent article in the Cape Gazette listed the number of demolition permits issued by the city since 2016 at 153. That averages out to 30 per year. If you’ve been reading my columns, you probably know I like old houses. They tell a story. They show how earlier generations thought about domestic life and designed their homes to reflect their needs and the prevailing styles of the time. When we demolish them, we lose those interesting traces of the past. Of course, older houses often can’t satisfy contemporary demands for space, comfort, and efficiency. I get that. And far be it for me to tell anyone what to do with his or her own home. I live in an old house and I can tell you I don’t care to be lectured about why I ought to replace 20 older glass windows with new energy efficient ones in order to better insulate my house in the winter. I just smile and wave off such silly suggestions because isn’t that why God created cashmere sweaters? The house across the street from me on Columbia Avenue is slated for the wrecking ball. While I don’t look forward to the noise and the dust, the truth is I’ve never been particularly fond of it. It looks like it’s rather undistinguished, a jumble of incongruous styles. Did I mention it’s a jaundice yellow color with a pink front door, brown garage doors, and a faded gray asphalt roof? The house’s pedigree, however, is much more interesting. It was built in the 1940s as a restaurant in Lewes. When the business failed, the house was moved to its current location and subsequently expanded by various owners over the years, including the late Clem Conger. Clem Conger was a tall, sociable gentleman with an eye for American antiques. Nicknamed “The Grand Acquisitor,” Clem raised millions of dollars to help Jackie Kennedy refurnish

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State Department rooms for visiting dignitaries, as well as other White House State Rooms, with American antiques and fine arts. Pat Nixon later hired him to be the White House curator where he worked until Nancy Reagan dismissed him in 1986 due to “artistic differences,” according to his 2004 obituary in the Washington Post. In 1992, the Winterthur Museum awarded him the Henry Francis DuPont Award for distinguished contribution to the American arts.

They took faucets, sinks, medicine cabinets, light fixtures, vanities, and— clutch the pearls—toilets! I’m shocked Clem and his wife Lianne purchased the house. Local sources tell me it was quite the social scene among the high tone set, both straight and gay, in the 1980s. That was before my time in Rehoboth. But I did have several opportunities to tour the house before the Congers sold it. I remember Oriental silk wallpaper and draperies, crystal wall

sconces, a marble fireplace mantle with cherubs, and lots of antiques—a relic of old Washington style in Rehoboth. The subsequent owners, however, went a different way, and decorated in a more casual, “beachy” aesthetic. They even removed the buzzer Clem had installed in the dining room floor to summon the help, something I’d never have done. Imagine the fun. Anyhow, with all the houses coming down in Rehoboth, it’s amazing I’ve never seen the salvaging and scavenging that I swear goes on nonstop in advance of the bulldozer. I call this activity the demolition derby. The derby across the street began when a group of dour men and women all smoking cigarettes arrived in a big white van and removed furniture, rugs, draperies, and other furnishings from the house. Next came the men interested in bathrooms. They took faucets, sinks, medicine cabinets, light fixtures, vanities, and—clutch the pearls—toilets! A kitchen specialist, who loaded up his pick-up truck and trailer with the appliances, cabinets, and granite countertops followed them. Several days later, two men hauled out two washing machines and two dryers. One spry old man hauled away an aging hot water heater and a refrigerator from the garage. Then he came back for one white metal rainspout. By now my interest was piqued. I watched with horror when the landscaping crew removed the flagstone walkways and a green planter with a scraggly cypress tree, but ignored the perfectly mossed, 200-pound concrete garden bench with lion’s head feet and the mature boxwoods gracing the front of the home. Didn’t they know these shrubs would go for more than $300 apiece at any local nursery? I couldn’t believe these downstate pickers had no interest in four gold wall sconces draped in purple and white Continued on page 42

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CommunityNews Brandywine Valley SPCA Saving Dogs in Louisiana The BVSPCA is excited about its new “embed” program, which has taken dogs from an overcrowded, high-intake shelter in Louisiana and placed them in Delaware to help save their lives. Ninety dogs were flown to New Castle on January 24. The embed program, supported by Best Friends Animal Society, is a yearlong project aimed at developing programs, infrastructure, and long-term revenue sources to reach 90 percent lifesaving rates by the end of 2021 and sustain those levels long-term. It’s one of the only projects of its kind happening in the US and BVSPCA expects it to have a major impact both on the shelter in Louisiana and others as the work progresses. Three BVSPCA employees moved to Louisiana in late December and are working alongside the Louisiana staff. The roles include a program manager with extensive shelter management experience, an intake intervention specialist, and an animal care expert. You can follow progress and support this year-long multiorganization collaboration at: bvspca.org. ▼

Thompson Island Brewing Makes Beer Connoisseur Magazine’s Best Beer List Beer Connoisseur magazine named Once Around the Sun to its 2020 list of the 100 best beers. Thompson Island Brewing Company makes the bourbon barrel-aged stout in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “This is an incredible achievement for our team and brewmaster Jimmy Valm,” said Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts, which owns Thompson Island Brewing Company and 11 other coastal Delaware restaurants. “After aging for nearly a year in bourbon barrels, Once Around the Sun exhibited the perfect balance. There were roasted notes from the stout and delicate vanilla and fig notes from the bourbon,” explained Patton, who oversees the hospitality company’s beer program. “We thought it would be the perfect submission for the wood-aged beer category.” The beer, which comes in at 9.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), earned an impressive 92 total score on the judges’ rating sheet. It received six out of six points for appearance and 37 out of 40 for flavor. For information on Thompsons Island Brewing Company, visit thompsonislandbrewing.com. For the Beer Connoisseur article, visit beerconnoisseur.com/articles/top-100-beers-2020. ▼ Letters 16 FEBRUARY 19, 2021

New Survey on LGBTQ Discrimination A new survey shows systemic inequalities for LGBTQ professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The survey, which appears in Science Advances, shows that discrimination also exists in the accounting and auditing professions. Highlights of the survey came from polling STEMrelated professional societies consisting of some 25,000 members—including 1,000 people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. The survey results show that: U  About 20 percent of LGBTQ respondents said they feel devalued in their STEM expertise, despite having the same experience and education levels as their non-LGBTQ counterparts U  Thirty percent experienced workplace harassment in 2020. Because of their negative work environment, some LGBTQ employees suffered health and wellness challenges within the past year U  About 22 percent of LGBTQ professionals considered leaving STEM professions at least once in the last month U  Twelve percent of LGBTQ respondents considered finding a different career within the next five years The STEM professions provide some of the fastest growing jobs in the country. In 2008, the STEM fields included a projected job growth of 17 percent by 2018, compared to 10 percent for all other fields. Right now, the best STEM fields to enter include accounting, computer systems analysis, mechatronics, and industrial engineering. ▼

Dialogue to Action Program Focuses on Racism The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice (SDARJ) will sponsor a new round of Dialogue to Action sessions during February. The program will focus on the causes of racism and is designed for participants to form relationships that are grounded on empathy, trust, and respect. The program will culminate in an Action Forum during which all participants will gather to finalize plans for specific actions to address the issue. Study circles of eight to 10 people will meet with trained facilitators once a week to talk about race, racism, and possible solutions to end it. SDARJ is taking registration for three separate discussion groups to be held on Wednesday, February 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and on Thursday, February 25, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register go to SDARJ.org. ▼

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Out & Proud


A Very Welcome ‘Welcome Back’


ello all, and Happy New Year. Yes, it’s been a while. Now in usual times, a person might say, “I’m happy to be back,” or even, “great to be back.” This year my feeling is different, not less definitive, but more challenging to pinpoint. It’s one of those times where English seems to come up a bit short and I’m sadly not bilingual enough to have that perfect foreign phrase handy. This year I find there is a warm embrace in being back. A sense of touch, in a time when touch is hard to come by. It’s a hug-and-a-cup-of-cocoa kind of reassurance that we are all still connected, because that’s what Letters brings—a connection, a community, a reminder that we share our lives with each other. The joy of an old friend returning to brighten our day. The very first day I visited Rehoboth Beach with the thought to just “drive around and see what’s available for that one day when maybe I would move here,” I met Lana Warfield, who brought me my very first issue of Letters. And over time, she sent me several more issues, just so I could keep up with everyone. Everyone. Not with everything, but with everyone. And I’ve missed everyone. Because I have found one of the prices of the pandemic is the loss of our middle. Like many people, I’m fortunate to have a bubble; a small group of friends to see this time through. A sociallydistanced dog walk shared, a driveway laugh, a porch BYO everything—including the chair! I’m also deeply fortunate. I have a family who will take any good reason and opt for a Zoom call celebration, while routinely setting off an ongoing group text of new puppy photos, snow pile comparisons, and successful bake-offs to tap back with love, exclamations, and perfectly-timed jibes. The pinging is an experience! But I also recognize not everyone is so fortunate. For some, the simple pleasure of a daily conversation—the luxury we took for granted—is gone. And even those of us with bubbles and baubles, as winter has progressed, find we’ve less to say because last night’s version of chicken thighs is only so fascinating to ourselves, never mind others.

Because I have found one of the prices of the pandemic is the loss of our middle.

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It takes us from what once would have been a raucous dinner party to a slowly whittled down 20-minute chat. And now, we’re pared down to 10-minute less-than-thrilling updates. Our chit chat, our small talk, the casual familiarity of running into a friend and spending a few minutes talking about whatever, has been robbed. Our ability to go downtown and run into the world and head back home fully sated is a distant memory. The people we know from getting out on a dance floor and nodding as we collide, or toasting at one of our auctions or, well, from just hanging out with Holly at Café Azafrán as she mixes a drink all the while blowing us away with her rendition of “La Vie en Rose”—AGAIN! Those people, the people that form our middle, have been evaporated. And they matter. Which is why I’m so glad Letters is back. I believe we are part of that middle. We are a friend, the kind that is casual, for chit and for chat. To speak with us about what is happening in our small corner of this world. To put up photos of our friends having good times so we can share in their bubble and not be left out of it. It is thought the Roaring Twenties were the answer to the 1918 Spanish Flu. Maybe it was and maybe we will roar again. I don’t know. I do know I’d like to think we’ve learned that all friends, maybe especially the casual ones, keep our lives engaged, well-rounded, and vibrant. And when once again you sit back at that bar, or grab a slice, you will realize that server is as important to your wellbeing as the person you’re meeting. Just different. And as Letters returns, sit-read-smile, and then think…is there someone you can leave soup for and a note? Someone who maybe needs to know the middle is still out there…. Be someone’s middle. Help us all get to the end of the tunnel. There’s light there. ▼ Stefani Deoul is a television producer and author of the award-winning YA mystery series Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures, with On a LARP, Zero Sum Game, and Say Her Name.

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LGBTQ+ YA Column


Being Seen


asks and hand sanitizer. Schools closing and reopening. Six feet apart. We have all experienced a new way of life during this past year, and our future “normal” has yet to be determined. With all these changes, students have tried to adapt to this new world. Youth are learning both remotely and in-person, and each method has its advantages and setbacks. As the world morphs into something new, what does that mean for LGBTQ+ students? For some, this time at home is a chance to spend quality time with family; for others, it is a time of deep distress and anxiety. Although some school clubs are taking a pause from meeting due to current conditions, it is important for Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) to hold meetings for students to voice their concerns and support each other during this difficult time in life. As the GSA advisor at Lake Forest High School, we have worked to maintain a schedule of meeting on Zoom every Thursday after school for just 30 minutes. While we did contemplate holding an hour-long meeting, we ultimately decided that students who have been on Zoom all day would rather check-in during a shorter period of time. Attendance has been an issue, but the students who do show up each time seem to be committed to the club and enjoy talking with each other. After brainstorming with the students about how they want our virtual meetings to run, we came up with an outline: introductions (pronouns and something they want to share from the week), discussion of a current event (assigned to a student at the previous meeting), upcoming events, discussion of an LGBTQ+ term, and then an open forum. Our meeting agendas are flexible, and we have had the privilege of hosting speakers through our connections at

CAMP Rehoboth. When we have a speaker, we take the meeting the week before to discuss potential questions the students want to learn more about. We have a growing number of non-binary students, so Barbara Antlitz at CAMP Rehoboth connected us with a speaker who identified in the same way—this was monumental for our club because students saw a successful adult who identified the same way they do. During this time of forced isolation, we are still able to provide a sense of community and belonging in our club. During open forum, we have discussed a range of topics. Sometimes we celebrate, like the day a trans student finally changed his name. Sometimes we offer support, like the day a student came to a meeting for the first time all year and apologized for not attending more… because she has been struggling. Giving students the floor to discuss what matters to them gives them the chance to show ownership of the club and meeting. After all, GSA is a safe space for all who attend. In our meeting last week, we all discussed coming out stories; if students had not come out yet, they had the opportunity to ask questions of those who had. We also created questions that anyone in the club could answer such as, “Who was the most supportive person when you came out? If you haven’t come out, who do you think would be most supportive?” Finally, another important component we have included in our meetings is time to discuss a pre-selected LGBTQ+ term. We use this time to learn new things, and I learn something new during every meeting. We discuss at the end of each meeting what term we want to talk about next, and our president puts together information to “teach” us. For example, we have discussed the terms “queer,” “asexual,” “questioning,” and “non-binary.” Although the world is in constant

chaos, it is essential that we still provide our students with stability and a strong foundation. At times, we are the only supportive adult a student has in their life. We all just want to be seen and heard. As Sarah McBride eloquently said, “Each of us has a deep and profound desire to be seen, or be acknowledged, and to be respected in our totality. There is a unique kind of pain in being unseen.” ▼

Ms. Emily Villa is an English teacher and GSA (Gender & Sexuality Alliance) advisor at Lake Forest High School in Felton, Delaware. She enjoys being in nature, expressing creativity by making crafts with her daughter, and reading a good book. It truly has been an honor to work with Emily and the GSA student members. – Barbara Antlitz

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Out & About


Working to Pop a Bigger Bubble


ebruary is Black History Month, and as a diversity & inclusion consultant and educator for the past two decades, I’ve heard a lot about the designation, both for and against. There are many who are simply insulted that the shortest month of the year is the one chosen to focus on Black history, and others who believe that the existence of a Black History Month gives everyone who isn’t Black an excuse to ignore this painful and prideful history between March and the following January. Personally (and for the record, I am white—very, very white according to the genetic map that was sent to me after I mailed my saliva to a lab for analysis—my lineage doesn’t take a step out of Northern Europe), I like Black History Month. I also like Women’s History Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month, and the months that point us toward learning more about Asians and people with disabilities. To critics of these annual observances, I simply note that most non-Black people feel perfectly free to ignore Black history 12 months out of the year as it is. Yes, our schools should do a better job of teaching history. In particular, schools should teach the history of the United States in a complete and honest way all year long. This would include the truth about the horrors of slavery, the brutality of Jim Crow and anti-miscegenation laws, and the ways that the school-to-prison pipeline and redlining our housing districts contributes to inequities even today. As adults, we should be looking for news sources and reading material that doesn’t just reflect our own identities, but actively seek out different ways of seeing the world, 12 months a year. When enough of us do this, we will have indeed made progress. But the truth is, most of us haven’t been very effectively coached in that regard. If you’re a white person above the age of 30 in America, it’s typical to listen to a podcast created by white people and think of it as a podcast, but then listen to a podcast created by Black people and regard it as a “Black

As adults, we should be looking for news sources and reading material that doesn’t just reflect our own identities, but actively seek out different ways of seeing the world, 12 months a year.

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podcast.” It’s typical for us to read a novel by a white author featuring white characters and regard it as a novel, and just as typical to then read a novel by a Black author featuring Black characters and regard it as a “Black novel.” It’s typical for us to watch a movie by a white filmmaker featuring mostly white actors and regard it as a movie, and just as typical to then watch a movie by a Black filmmaker featuring mostly Black actors and regard it as a “Black film.” If you’re both white and liberal, it might even be tempting to congratulate yourself for doing so. When we step outside of our own bubble, we feel like one of the good white people. It’s tempting to give yourself a pat on the back. And it’s not so much that it’s difficult to leave the bubble—after all, how hard is it really, to listen to a podcast, read a book, or a watch a movie? It’s more likely that it’s just easy to stay. The bubble of white culture is just so vast that we never run out of material. But it’s deeper than that. The need to see ourselves reflected in the culture around us is at the core of our humanity. It makes us feel connected to the world around us in a fundamental way. Hearing a voice, reading a story, or watching someone on screen and being able to relate to what’s going on makes a person feel less alone in what can be a lonely, isolating world, particularly given a global pandemic that has yet to run its course. And it’s just easier to relate to what you hear, read, and see when the people in those stories are just like you. So when February rolls around and suddenly your white liberal sensibilities draw you to choose Regina King’s brilliant One Night in Miami for your next movie night, Michaela Coel’s groundbreaking I May Destroy You for your next binge, or Colson Whitehead’s phenomenal The Nickel Boys for your next read, then I’d say that Black History Month has done its work. Because once you’re completely absorbed by these complex and utterly human stories, perhaps you’ll suddenly realize that the extra work that a white person does to connect with Black stories and Black characters is more than worth it—and once it becomes second nature, you might find that you’re even less alone. ▼ Eric Peterson is a diversity and inclusion practitioner, novelist, and podcast host who lives in Washington DC and visits Rehoboth as often as he can. Visit rewindpod.com for more on the podcast.

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By Marj Shannon

Love is Lovelier…


ach year as February—American Heart Month—arrives, I think of my mother, who died some years ago of congestive heart failure. Hers was not an untimely death: she was 96 years old. She also was mentally sharp, having just days earlier bested my highly-competitive oldest brother at Scrabble. She remained gracious and welcoming to the end, delighting in meeting my younger brother’s future husband. Those factors all mitigate her loss. They help to assure I don’t dwell on how she died, but rather, celebrate how she lived. I use another February highlight—Valentine’s Day—as a reminder…. “Do you think they could be dating?!” My older brother’s dismay—not to say disapproval—easily transcended his email medium. My sister and I rolled our eyes and sent back our replies: “Yes, they could be dating.” He quickly recovered his aplomb and adjusted his view of our mother to accommodate her—um—boyfriend. Her what? Surely, at 86, “boyfriend” was a misnomer. We settled on “beau.” Some of us had begun to suspect something was going on a few months earlier, when Mother became more circumspect about the details of her activities. None of us lived nearby, so we had to rely on phone calls and email. “Oh,” she’d report vaguely, “I went out to dinner on Saturday.” She and my late father had enjoyed an active social life, and we were pleased that she was resuming it, but this reticence about her dining companions and destinations was unusual. We delegated the task of discovery to my brother Michael, who was next scheduled to visit. What (who) Michael discovered was Don, a longtime friend who had appeared on my mother’s doorstep eight months after my suddenly dead father had been carried out across it. My parents were firm believers in the sanctity of their vows; we never doubted, during their 60+ years of marriage, that they would remain together till death parted them. What we’d failed to anticipate was that death having done so, our mother would move along to someone else. It was surprising to see her take someone else’s arm, pat someone else’s knee, and exhibit a capacity for teasing and flirtation we’d never before observed. Our surprise shortly gave way to delight. And, to whole new roles and behaviors when we visited her. We got our chance to return the courtesy of the pretended privacy we’d been afforded when our adolescent admirers had come to call. Then, Mother would invent periodic demands on her attention in the kitchen. Now, as “I said, I LOVE YOU” resounded from two rooms away, we studiously read

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the local paper: advancing deafness reduces only the ears’ ability—not their longing—to hear occasional endearments. We also got to confront some of our heretofore unacknowledged assumptions—prejudices?—about the inevitable infirmities of age. “So,” I asked Don over dinner in a determinedly casual, conversational way, as I forced my gaze from the huge bruises on his forearms, and visions of circulatory disorders danced through my head, “What did you do to your arms?” “Oh,” Don replied, passing the peas, “I get all bruised up playing handball. Play three times a week, you know.” It turned out he had, until he was well past 80, played competitive handball. He’d several times won age-group national championships. Don also fished five or six days a week from May to October, trotting across a six-inch-wide plank onto his boat each morning. As soon as the boat was in winter drydock, pheasant hunting season arrived. At least it did in South Dakota, a drive of only 1,200 miles. Plans were in place for the celebration of Don’s 50th consecutive trip. But perhaps the most important lesson we learned from Mother’s romance was an appreciation of the human heart’s desire and capacity for love despite great loss, and the timeless—ageless—joy to be found in satisfaction of that desire. It’s a lesson we cherish. ▼  Heart disease affects people of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  Risk factors such as high levels of stress, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, smoking, a poor diet, and obesity all put people at higher risk of heart disease.  LGBTQ people are more likely to smoke, and to be overweight, exercise less, and eat less healthfully than their heterosexual counterparts.  LGBTQ people are therefore at an even higher risk of developing heart disease. Too late to adopt healthy habits in time for American Heart Month? No worries: World Heart Day is September 29, 2021. Resolve now to celebrate it in good health!▽

Marj Shannon is an epidemiologist and wordsmith who has devoted her life to minutiae. She reports that yes, the devils are in the details.

Classes & Events—All Coming to You via Zoom LGBTQ BOOK CLUB February 22 | 5:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZYvd 6orDsvGtw2naGKzHTmRYcr8Zf_Xt6F

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In honor of Black History Month, we are reading The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. Hope you can join us for the book club this month. For more information about our book club and book selections, please email: Salvatore@camprehoboth.com.

Everyone can access the health benefits of yoga in this Chair Yoga class with Erin. She’ll guide you to synchronize conscious breath and mindful movement. The sequence of poses is designed to energize and strengthen as well as relax and lengthen muscles. Reduce anxiety and stress, improve circulation, protect joints, build strength, and balance and support your overall well-being. Yoga also can help reduce cravings and simply make us feel good.

MEET US AT THE INTERSECTION. A VIRTUAL DISCUSSION ABOUT SUPPORTING THE BLACK LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY. Wednesday, February 24 | 6:30 p.m. Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZwrduqorTMvG9c2BDiIFjFIP6YDzcLE50eY?fbclid=IwAR0_FQdtRJoRnhOIW_QYCYaETw8zcU5-qc-Vdlm55FA3z2ZDEgV3kyenfTY

CAMP REHOBOTH YOUNG ADULT GROUP 3rd Wednesdays | 7:00 p.m. For meeting link, please contact: bantlitz@camprehoboth.com

Want to show up for Black LGBTQ+ people when you care about Black Lives Matter but don’t know how to do so effectively? We will be discussing how to combat anti-Black messaging and champion pro-Blackness. This discussion is open to everyone, no matter your experience or background. All we need is for you to bring yourself and an open mind. MORNING MINDFULNESS Tuesdays | 8:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZAkcOmoqTIuH91Bja40U06Wuy8vIwnyOkj7 Start your Tuesdays off with Erin and CAMP Rehoboth. Erin will lead us through a mindful exercise or morning meditation for 30 minutes.

CAMP Rehoboth and NAMI Delaware are pleased to announce a new, virtual discussion group designed specifically for LGBTQ+ young adults (ages 18 to 25). This group is free, confidential, and peer-led. MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP 2nd /4th Wednesdays Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZItd-GhqT8oEtLnNRbi1Q9U2_My_WQV7bw6 The Men’s Discussion Group is a safe and nurturing space to start conversations important to our community. We celebrate who we are, we promote respect and understanding, and we accept each other’s differences with intention to build a more connected community. This discussion group is a safe space for gay, bisexual, transgender and masculine of center men to talk issues, values, and matters that make up our lives, free from stigma and judgments.

CAMP REHOBOTH LGBTQ+ YOUTH DISCUSSION GROUP Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For ZOOM meeting ID and password contact Barbara at bantlitz@camprehoboth.com CAMP Rehoboth LGBTQ+ Youth Discussion Group is a safe and nurturing space to start conversations important to our community. We celebrate who we are, promote respect and understanding, and we accept each other’s differences with the intention of building a more connected community. This discussion group is a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth to talk about issues, values, and matters that make up our lives, free from stigma and judgments. Please be mindful these meetings are specifically open to youth ages 11-19. WOMEN IN CIRCLE 1st/3rd Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. Register: https://us02web.zoom. us/meeting/register/tZUlcOuqpjsuH9R3Y7-CeFWWcAEySf6dq02X Women in Circle is a gathering of lesbian, bisexual, transgender and feminine of center women. The circle is welcoming, inclusive, and a positive place to meet, connect, and share with other women. Each week a different topic opens the circle to discuss, learn, and support one other. Become a part of the growing community of the Women in Circle. ▼


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Another First—SENATOR Sarah McBride


elaware is renowned for being the First State. There is another first that took place on Tuesday, January 12—the first out transgender State Senator in the country. To those who know Sarah McBride, it is no surprise that she has achieved this landmark position. To those who are less familiar with Sarah, it is time to meet her up close and understand that the First District of the First State is in good hands! Sarah has reflected on her swearing in with these words: “The privilege of representing this district is profound and I hope to honor the trust you have placed in me by pushing for bold policy in the State Senate that can make a difference for every Delawarean. We will need creativity, commitment, and courage as we face the challenges ahead of us, but I believe we have what it takes to meet this moment head on. Now is our time.” The following is a Q & A with Senator Sarah McBride.

What did you do between the election and the start of your first term? The months between the election and the first day of session were filled with meetings with constituents, advocates, government officials, and community leaders. I believe that all change must begin with effective listening. I love learning, so I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to listen and learn in order to prepare for the work ahead.

What do you hope to accomplish in your first month in office?

My focus this first month has been on enhancing and supporting the effort to get vaccines out as efficiently and effectively as possible. Beyond that, I have been working on a series of bills, ranging from support for youth aging out of foster care to paid family and medical leave. Those bills will all be worked on in the weeks and months to come!

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I’m the new Chair of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee. In addition to helping Delaware face the COVID-19 crisis to save lives and jobs, we also need to learn from this crisis. No person should be denied the care they need because they can’t afford it. We need to lower costs, expand access, and bring more providers to Delaware. Delaware should join the growing list of states with paid family and medical leave.

What funding issues will you face and advocate in this fiscal year? In addition to paid family and medical leave, I support modernizing our school funding so that it puts money where it is needed most. I support increasing the minimum wage, and lower costs for patients. The only way for Delaware to win the competition for talent and the fight for the future is if we make this a state where working families want to live, work, and play.

What has been your most pleasant surprise being a Senator?

I remain constantly in awe of the opportunity to serve a community and this state that I love so much. Growing up, the idea that someone like me could serve openly in public office seemed so impossible that it was almost incomprehensible. I still pinch myself that I have the privilege of representing communities that helped raise me, that helped shape me into the person that I am, and that sustained me through hardship. I know, though, that with privilege comes responsibility: to do the most good I can. My focus is not on my identity, but on the change I can bring, with the help of others. In order to know what makes Senator Sarah McBride tick, and what is behind her resolve to make Delaware a better place to live, it is helpful to read the November 20, 2020 article that appeared in Elle magazine. Sarah

says she is who she is today especially because of her husband, Andy Cray. Sarah and Andy, an LGBTQ health advocate himself, were married in 2014. Andy had been diagnosed with terminal cancer prior to their wedding. Four days after they exchanged vows, Andy died. The driving force for Sarah in the work she does is to ask herself, “What would Andy do?” Today, as Sarah faces legislative battles and budget challenges, she says freely, “Andy would be proud, but he would be the first to say the work is never over.” We, too, are proud of you, Sarah. ▼ David Garrett is a straight advocate for equality and inclusion. He is also the proud father of an adult trans daughter. Email David Garrett at dlgarrett4rb@gmail.com

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Dorothy Arzner & Marion Morgan: Lights! Camera! Romance!


t’s February. Valentines month, the month of romance, when chocolate hearts are exchanged, candles lit on dining tables, wine sales go up, and Facebook has more heart GIFs than the bloodstream and nervous system can bear. In honor of all that romantic activity, I thought it fitting to write a column about a great Hollywood romance, a courageous romance at that. I’m speaking of Golden Age director Dorothy Arzner and her partner of over 40 years, choreographer Marion Morgan. Film buffs, especially LGBTQ film buffs, are familiar with Arzner. During the 1920s and 30s, she directed several films, many of them hits, and launched the careers of such screen luminaries as Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, and Lucille Ball. But what made Arzner truly unique in Golden Age Hollywood, even more than being the only female director for years and the first woman elected to the Directors Guild, was her insistence on living as an out lesbian. No hiding in the closet for our Dorothy, even during a time in America when homosexuality was condemned, LGBTQ folks harassed and thrown out of jobs and prosecuted as criminals—even in sexy, swingin’ Hollywood. Arzner dressed as she liked, usually in masculine styles, and had affairs with some of her films’ leading ladies, Alla Nazimova and Billie Burke among them. A Los Angeles Conservancy history article acknowledges that Arzner’s films often had “lesbian and feminist undertones.” Anyone who’s seen how Arzner’s camera lingers on Lucille Ball (in her pre-comedy days) in the 1940 film Dance, Girl, Dance knows what I’m talking about. In 1921, when Arzner was still making her way through the Hollywood ranks as a script typist and eventually an apprentice editor, she was on the set of the Allen Holubel film Man, Woman, Marriage, choreographed by Marion Morgan.

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This was their first meeting, sparking a relationship which lasted decades. The two women eventually worked together in 1927, when Morgan created the choreography for the fashion sequence in Arzner’s directorial debut film, Fashions for Women.

It was passionate, it was stylish, it was out and about town, and it was courageous, because at that time, it was illegal. As for Morgan, prior to her film career, she established the Marion Morgan Dancers, a vaudeville troupe playing the prestigious Orpheum circuit. Her dance troupe also appeared in major Hollywood films, working with such major figures as the Barrymores—John in Don Juan and Lionel in Paris at Midnight.

But this column is a Valentines story, not a film studies lecture, so let’s talk about the Arzner/Morgan romance. It was passionate, it was stylish, it was out and about town, and it was courageous, because at that time, it was illegal. Many LGBTQ actors and production personnel in Hollywood lived closeted lives, fearful of ostracism, persecution, arrest, and loss of their film careers. But Arzner and Morgan weren’t about to let little things like the law or harassment stand in their way. In 1930, they moved in together in a magnificent Greek Revival/Art Decoinfluenced residence. Everyone in Hollywood knew, and the braver souls flocked to the dinner parties the couple hosted. According to research by film historian and professor Judith Mayne, among those braver souls was Marlene Dietrich—herself rumored to have had affairs with women. The couple lived and entertained in this house until Morgan’s death in 1971. By that time, Arzner had stopped making feature films, concentrating instead on television and teaching film studies at UCLA. After Morgan’s death, Arzner left the house she and Morgan shared and took up residence in the town of La Quinta, in the California desert, where she died at age 82 in 1979. Dorothy Arzner left a legacy of magnificent films, a brilliant career including being the first woman to direct a talkie, and the triumph of her courageous spirit to live and love as she liked. With Marion Morgan, the couple lived the stuff of Hollywood movies; forbidden love happily ever after. ▼ Ann Aptaker's Cantor Gold crime/mystery series has won Lambda Literary and Goldie Awards. Her short stories appear in numerous publications and anthologies.

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Visit the Beach Guide 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.

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 Harbour Waterfront Dining, 134 West Market St...........................302-200-9522 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 REHOBOTH RETAIL SHOPS New Wave Spas, 20660 Coastal Hwy............................................302-227-8484 Unfinished Business, Rt. 1 behind Panera Bread..........................302-645-8700

REHOBOTH ART | GALLERIES | MUSEUMS Caroline Huff, Fine Artist ...................................................www.carolinehuff.com Gallery 50, 50 Wilmington Ave......................................................302-227-2050 Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Ln...............................................302-227-8408 Rehoboth Beach Museum, 511 Rehoboth Ave..............................302-227-7310

REHOBOTH FOOD & DRINK 1776 Steakhouse, Midway Shopping Center................................302-645-9355 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 Coho’s Market & Grill, 305 Rehoboth Ave......................................302-227-2646 Diego’s Bar Nightclub, 37298 Rehoboth Ave................................302-227-1023 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 Just In Thyme, 38163 Robinsons Dr..............................................302-227-3100 Lori’s Café, 39 Baltimore Ave.........................................................302-226-3066 Loves Liquors, LLC, 305c Rehoboth Ave........................................302-227-6966 Lupo Italian Kitchen, 247 Rehoboth Ave.......................................302-226-2240 Penny Lane Liquors, 42 Rehoboth Ave..........................................302-567-5245 Purple Parrot Grill, 134 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-226-1139 Rigby’s, 404 Rehoboth Ave............................................................302-227-6080 Shorebreak Lodge, 10 Wilmington Ave.........................................302-227-1007 The Pines, 56 Baltimore Avenue....................................................302-567-2726

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A.G. Renovations ...........................................................................302-947-4096 BSD, 18412 The Narrow Rd, Lewes...............................................302-684-8588 Country Life Homes, 34882 Picnic Basket Ct................................302-231-5001 Randall-Douglas.............................................................................302-245-1439 Ron’s Repairs..................................................................................302-727-3591


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


AARP of Delaware (age 50+)..........................................................866-227-7441 ACLU of DE—Lesbian & Gay Civil Rights Project............................302-654-3966 CAMP Rehoboth 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 CAMP Rehoboth Parents of Transgender & Gender Non-conforming Children............................................302-227-5620 Cape Henlopen Senior Center—Rehoboth (age 50+)....................302-227-2055 CHEER Centers of Sussex County (age 50+)..................................302-515-3040 Delaware Aging & Disability Resource Center...............................800-223-9074 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 9 am: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (open discussion) Tuesdays 8 pm: CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Ave (Young Persons) Gay Men’s Discussion Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth.........302-227-5620 Lesbian Support Group—Program of CAMP Rehoboth..................302-227-5620 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



Allure Outdoor Lighting, allureoutdoorlighting.com......................302-226-2532

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


Lawson Firm, 402 Rehoboth Ave...................................................302-226-3700 PWW Law, 1519 Savannah Rd, Lewes.......................................... 302-703-6993 Steven Falcone CPA, Taxes & Planning..........................................302-644-8634


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


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


Jewish Family Services........................................................ 302-478-9411 Karen Abato, ATR-BC, LPAT, Licensed Art Psychotherapist... 302-232-5330 Kevin J. Bliss, Personal/Professional Coaching.............................302-754-1954 Time to Heal Counseling & Consulting, Lewes ............................302-574-6954



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

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


Bell Rock Capital, 19606 Coastal Hwy..........................................302-227-7608 Black Diamond Financial Solutions,19409 Plantation Rd..............302-265-2236 Community Pride Financial............................................................302-227-2939 County Bank, 19927 Shuttle Rd.......................................... 302-226-9800 Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley.........................................................302-644-6620


Bayberry Florist..............................................................................302-227-5725 Windsor’s Florist, 20326 Coastal Hwy...........................................302-227-9481


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


Beach Cuts, 214 Rehoboth Ave...........................................302-226-ROBB Gregory Meyers Hair Studio, 20245 Bay Vista Rd & Rt 1..............302-727-5331 Stephan & Co Salon & Spa, 19266 Coastal Hwy................... 302-260-9478


AIDS Delaware – Kent & Sussex Counties.....................................302-226-3519 AIDS Delaware – New Castle County............................................302-652-6776 AIDS Hotline – Delaware statewide...............................................800-422-0429 Brandywine Urology Consultants...................................................302-824-7039 Beebe Healthcare, 26744 J.J. Williams Hwy.................................302-645-3300 CAMPsafe AIDS education & prevention program of CAMP Rehoboth ..................................................................................................302-227-5620 Christiana Care HIV Wellness Clinic ..............................................302-933-3420 Christiana Care LGBTQ Health Initiatives.......................................302-733-1227 Delaware HIV Consortium - Statewide..........................................302-654-5471 Delaware Hospice..........................................................................800-838-9800 Delaware Total Foot & Ankle Center.................................... 302-297-8431 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 The Aesthetic Center......................................................................302-827-2125

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Inspiring Illusion


Drag Queens Keep Kicking Up Their Heels


funny thing happened on the way through this pandemic— Broadway went dark, New York’s oldest piano bar, Marie’s Crisis, moved online. But Rehoboth Beach’s Drag Queens kept the theatre mantra, “the show must go on,” alive. To tell us a bit about how, and why, we’re chatting with local legend Kevin Bruice, aka Mona Lotts.

So Mona, before we get to how, tell us about the art of drag—what should people know?

Two things. The first: it’s not what you see on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Drag Race is a produced reality show. Doing drag is nothing like that. And second: the art of drag is much more difficult than meets the eye. The finished product takes hours of preparation and planning. And also, for me, I prefer the term female impersonator. Not in an adamant sense, but as a preference. The term drag comes from Shakespearean theatre. In those days, women could not perform on stage, so female roles were played by men. And on the cast listing, it might say, “John Smith—DRAG,” meaning “dressed as girl.” Whereas within minutes of seeing my performance and hearing me speak, you will get lost in my illusion of being a female. And that is the art. If I am performing and you forget for just a moment that I’m a man in a dress, my art is there. The same way as when I do musical theatre. For those hours, we agree I am Daddy Warbucks (Annie) or Edna Turnblad (Hairspray).

So, let’s chat some more about becoming Mona Lotts.… When was your first performance—and were you Mona Lotts then? I was. And my first performance was in Rehoboth Beach, at a restaurant/bar called Partners, which is now Rigby’s, and the year was 2005.

And how did you christen yourself?

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I was always enamored of Dolly Parton, who you may remember was the madam, Miss Mona, in the film version of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Mona was “given to me” by them. So, Mona was set, but Lotts came a little later, when I was driving around and passed a Big Lots store. And that was it. It was kitschy, it played well on “Moaner,” and just completed the name. And as there isn’t a registry, I used the spelling L-O-T-T-S to distinguish it from other versions that were out in the universe.

So let’s talk about performing in the “Time of COVID.”

Before we do, I’d like to really make one thing clear: everything I do is with great respect for what COVID is and the devastation it can wreak. We’re chatting as I make my way back to my family for a memorial service for my brother, Terry. And it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with. As we grow up, we learn what death is, and we prepare in our psyche that one day our parents are going to die, because they’re older. And even though my brother was older than i, I was not prepared for this. Even more devastating was that we had to say goodbye through a Zoom meeting. Having to watch him be taken off the ventilator on a Zoom call. I will not go into graphic details, but I will never forget. And I’m one of the fortunate ones. I’ve experienced COVID first-hand. I actually had it myself in July and had to take time off to heal and get myself back to a safe place. My friend and colleague, Roxy Overbrooke, struggled with COVID and needed to be on a ventilator, and—I’m thrilled to say—recovered. But the point being, no one is careless or arrogant about our work.

Well said. Thank you. And how did getting back to work come about? Our ability to perform was totally dependent on the venue’s ability to adapt. For a while, everyone was shut



down, and we were all terrified of what that meant. Not of just the virus itself but also terrified about what it meant to our way of living. For me, this is a livelihood, not a hobby. And for the venues, it was survival. So, the venues began working with all the local health guidelines—social distancing, masks, etc.—to find a safe way to get us all back to business. And we as entertainers needed to decide if we were willing to do that. We had to evaluate the health risks—servers, bartenders, and performers. Were we putting ourselves at risk? We evaluated the situation and decided the answer was no. Maybe we weren’t classified as essential workers, but I had to ask, was performing and entertaining of value to me and to the community? With the steps being taken, could I tell someone to put on a mask and come out? And I decided my answer was yes. People are afraid. They’re alone. They needed to laugh. So yes, precautions in place, what we were offering had value.

Emotionally, was it frightening for you?

Yes. But part of my core is my faith. Part of that says you should find what it is that God created us to do and that’s what you should do. What I am here to do is to make people laugh and smile and be happy—that is my purpose. It was as natural to me as a nurse deciding they were going to go to work, or a teacher deciding to open their classroom. It’s what I’m supposed to do.

We touched on the venue’s safety responsibilities, but what are the safety measures you take to perform? How has it changed your show—physically and/or emotionally?

The big obvious safety measure for the performers was masks. We determined clear masks worked the best. And because we were wearing them, this led to other changes such as I had to learn to hold a mic differently, to speak louder, enunciate even more. Physical changes are challenging. The hardest was adjusting to performing to a full-time, seated audience. A lot of drag occurred in clubs where people were standing and milling, and occasionally perhaps getting a bit rambunctious. Now everyone is seated with nothing to distract them, giving you their often quiet, undivided attention. And losing that rowdy atmosphere, where you knew you could joust with someone, means that bonus “crowd entertainment” is minimized, if it’s there at all. So overall, there’s a big difference. And this overlaps the entire “making a connection to an audience.” Which is one of the keys to the success of any performer. Since we’ve often worked “in the crowd,” some of the connections we used to do were physical—a touch to a hand, a hug. Can’t do that in a safely socially-distanced room. Even the money is different. If someone has a tip for you, you can’t take it from them. It has to be put in a bucket. As a performer—don’t touch them,

don’t take money, keep your distance—is a counterintuitive experience. And it’s changed how I present the show.

How often do you update a show?

It’s less an update than it is that the show evolves and changes as I evolve and change. Like literature, some of it is classic, never goes out of style, some of it fades away, and some of it is new and urgently contemporary.

Forgetting guidelines, how has your show, your art, changed over the years you’ve performed?

Over the years I’ve become a more confident entertainer with a better ability to read my audience and craft the humor and conversation they’d enjoy. So mostly, it’s more free-wheeling rather than planned. The “planning years,” where everything was more calculated, allowed me to build to a different level of success, one where l read a room and get to be funny and entertaining on the fly.

Where can someone come to see you?

The Pines, 56 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Saturday nights and Sunday brunch. ▼ Stefani Deoul is a television producer and author of the award-winning YA mystery series Sid Rubin Silicon Alley Adventures, with On a LARP, Zero Sum Game, and Say Her Name.

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Masks and Social Distance Reign but it’s Still Fun THIS PAGE (left to right) CROP event at the Foodbank of Delaware: Jeff Monroe, Mary Anne Bonafair. At Aladdin Market: Ahmad Al. At Rigby’s: Charlotte Stigler, Bob Gerber, Michael Dick, Frank Echols, Michael Maloon, Robert Robinson, Dan Dutcher, Jim Fratoni. At CAMP Rehoboth: Doreen DiLorenzo, Barb Ralph. OPPOSITE PAGE: Bonfire on the Beach Laura Reitman, Erin Reid, Mary Jenkins, Jill Kearny, Megan Cohen, Susan Garson, Shelly Conway. At the Polar Bear Plunge: Sydney Aiello, Sam Rowland, Loree Rowland, Susan Aiello. At the Purple Parrot: Christopher Chandler, Mark Moore, Michael Zacherl. At Arena’s: Bill Snow, Richard Pagnotta, Andi Pongracz, Abigail Kaiser, Sam Moore, Scotty Beland, Shamika Clark. At Shrimpy’s: David Walp, Brad Schlotterbeck, William Steel, Shannon O’Neill, David Mariner, Khusan, Kat Riley, Tina Kemerer, Debbie Wilkins, Rose Moorehead, John Flynn. (More CAMPshots on page 52)

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crystals. And nobody wanted the light fixture with droopy crystal strings hanging in the hall stairway that looked like it came either from an Old West whorehouse or the White House. I’m certain Clem Conger selected them all for his house. Unable to leave these treasures to the wrecking ball, I joined in the demolition derby and purchased them all. The homeowner seemed somewhat amused by my interest in these particular objects and we negotiated an extremely favorable price. Of course, I had to haul the heavy bench across the street while dodging speeding contractor trucks and President Biden’s motorcade racing down Columbia Avenue. Then I had to dig up the bushes from the frozen ground during a Nor’easter. Prying off the light fixtures was a piece of cake. While I remain mostly aghast by all the demolitions occurring in Rehoboth, I realize there’s really nothing I can do about it except maybe salvage a few items here or there. So if you see an old house with a demolition permit that looks like it might have some good stuff, give me a ring. Whatever I might scavenge, I can assure you it will not be unremarkable. Or a toilet…. ▼ Rich Barnett is the author of The Discreet Charms of a Bourgeois Beach Town, and Fun with Dick and James.



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Dining Out


It’s in the Name: Palate Has Palate Pleasers


ere’s exciting news. The wonderful restaurant Palate Bistro has reopened in the Safeway shopping center off Route One. The chef-owned gourmet bistro, so very popular over the past several years, closed briefly in 2020 so the owners could concentrate on opening their second venue, Harbour, along the canal in Lewes. Now that the new seafood restaurant is up and running, local foodies are thrilled that Chef Gary and Lorraine have reopened Palate for dine-in or curbside pick-up. It’s now open 4:30-8:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with its New American Cuisine and locally sourced ingredients. In addition to the owners being in the house, they have announced that chef Andrew Guffy has joined the Palate family. Guffey was most recently with the restaurant a(MUSE.), beloved but now gone from Baltimore Avenue. On a cold flurrying evening recently, Bonnie and I sampled dinner from Palate Bistro by way of curbside pick-up, First, and this is important these days, they packaged the dinner in two convenient paper shopping bags and containers which kept the entrees intact and looking great. It’s a talent that restauranteurs have been encouraged to perfect during COVID, and Palate got it right. We enjoyed the ample appetizer portion of Country Style Duck Paté with house chutney, Dijon, apple slices and a delicious baguette. I’m a fool for paté and the pickled veggies with it, replacing traditional cornichons, worked just great. Happily, the portion was large enough to suffice for my appetizer one night and a happy hour treat the next. A second appetizer was the Maryland Crab Chowder, a red base with big chunks of crab and an abundance of Old Bay seasoning. It was perfectly hearty for our snowy night, evoking my many Chesapeake Bay memories. For her entrée, Bonnie chose (and then shared with me) the Shellfish Pappardelle, with Gulf shrimp, jumbo

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lump crab, basil pesto, and, of course, Parmesan cheese. It was a light pesto, a superb choice, not to overwhelm the shrimp and crab, and a marvelous dish. Again, the portion was large enough for us to have a side dish with supper the following night. My choice of entrée was the Duck Breast with (on the side for travel) a Port wine cherry reduction, baby spinach, and wild mushroom barley. The medium rare duck slices were absolutely perfect, with the accompaniments making for a delightful gourmet experience. Other entrée choices include Braised Pork Shoulder with Hoppin’ John—Carolina rice, black-eyed peas, braised collard greens, and white cheddar jalapeno cornbread, Bourbon & Brown Sugar Slow Braised Beef Brisket with red eye gravy, Yukon potato gratin, and maple-roasted baby carrots…and many more. On the intriguing list of sides, next time I’m going to sample the Rosemary Thyme Roasted Root Vegetables and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with White Cheddar Cheese of Locatelli Cheese. And YES, we had their in-house baked desserts. We ordered only one but were secretly happy when Lorraine ignored us and sent two slices of their delectable desserts—one sweet coconut cake and the other banana-flavored, both with decadent creamy frosting. One slice was gone in record time, and the other, I admit, made the next morning’s breakfast a treat. While it’s heavenly being able to enjoy some of our amazing fine dining choices at our own dining tables (which I never thought of doing before the pandemic) it’s still no substitute for the real dining experience. Happily, Palate is open for in-restaurant dining, with plenty of COVID precautions to keep you as safe as possible. While Palate’s website is being retooled, view the menu by clicking the Palate link near the bottom of the harbourlewes.com site. Their phone number is 302.249.8489. Enjoy!

Dining News You Can Use With many of us missing our preCOVID dining experiences, with meals served, wine poured, and all the sensory ambiance that implies, in-restaurant dining is making a big comeback as more and more vaccinations are given and people, still masked and socially distancing, venture out.

Governor Raises Capacity Limit

On February 4, Governor John Carney announced newly-approved regulations that permitted restaurants to increase their indoor dining to 50 percent of capacity instead of the previous 30 percent. The new rules went into effect on Friday morning, February 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. The change came about as the number of Delaware’s COVID hospitalizations and people testing positive for COVID continued to fall. In a press statement, Governor Carney said, “We are administering more vaccines each day, and we continue to see improvements in our COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations statewide. That’s good news, but it’s no reason to let our guard down.” The new regulations apply not only to restaurants but also to retail locations, gyms, places of worship, and arts venues.

Outdoor Dining, Drinks-To-Go Extended

Expanded outdoor seating and the popular drinks-to-go regulations enacted by the State of Delaware last year to help restaurants navigate the pandemic have been extended by the Delaware House of Delegates. The bill, passed on January 27, is now headed for the State Senate. The bill was sponsored by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and would keep the expanded rules in place through March 2022. ▼

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CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at the Heart of Our Community

GRAVITY» We’ve all been forced into a reckoning with the adage, “You can’t fight gravity” as we adapt to this new normal in our world. Wear your damned mask (or two!), keep washing those hands, and stay out of my way at the theater and in galleries. I’m the one with the hoop skirt and the air horn. ▼

Community—Connecting Generations through Art


his exhibition features artists who are young—area students from schools that participate in CAMP Rehoboth’s youth programs—and “young at heart” (artists 55+) and provides an opportunity to share their work and message while making new connections. March 8-31. Schedule an appointment for a small group or individual tour to see CAMP Rehoboth exhibitions by emailing artshow@CAMPRehoboth.com. ▼

Black Histories/Future Visions


he focus at CAMP Rehoboth for 2021 is on equity and inclusion in artist representation. Black Histories/ Future Visions showcases the talent of artists and the fullness of humanity in the Black community and is an opportunity to tell stories that need to be told. Aaron Paskins’ wall hangings offer a glimpse into African-American ideas and knowledge of their heritage, while Ann B. Martin keeps the practice of quilting alive using machine and hand stitching and glued/incorporated items to create her “art of FABRIC-ing.” Guy Miller’s works feature renditions of

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African-American superheroes and beg the question, “Why were African-American superheroes excluded from such products?” And Olaive Jones’s art is an expression of who she is and how she sees the world around her in response to social and political conditions. Tina Witke is an 18-year-old high school student who creates representations of culture and awareness using watercolor and colored pencils. Our friends in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard at SeanCorey Gallery (Sean Hueber and Corey Wheatley) have created a broad range of art transforming branches, sticks, and logs into art that looks like animals and people moving in time and space. Through February 28. ▼

Image top left: Melanin by Aaron Paskins Image left: Blade Pez Dispenser by Guy Miller

arts+entertainment reduced seating capacity for social distancing, making sell-outs a bit easier, but ticket purchases a bit more difficult. Check their website for events. Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-422-0220/800838-3006; secondstreetplayers.com) winter offering is the comedy Exit Laughing, February 26-March 7.

GALLERIES & MUSEUMS CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Ave.; 302-2275620; camprehoboth.com) features Black Histories/ Future Visions and Community—Connecting Generations through Art. (See listing elsewhere in this column.) City Matinee by Tina Witke at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery.

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Rehoboth Open Mic Nights (CAMP Rehoboth Community Center Facebook page—under “videos”) 1st Fridays (7-8 p.m.) hosted by moi, featuring singers from CAMP Rehoboth Chorus; 3rd Fridays (6-8 p.m.) are hosted by CAMP Operations Administrator and musician extraordinaire Kerry Hallett with other talented folks.

Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) presents Terms of Endearment—a Reader’s Theater collaboration with the Beebe Medical Foundation—February 27-28. The “perfect musical,” Guys and Dolls, opens March 12. They list all COVID-19 precautions on their website.

Dickens Parlour Theatre (Millville; 302-829-1071; dptmagic. com) has announced they are building a new theatre next Cinema Art Theater (17701 to Good Earth Market on Rt. Dartmouth Drive in Lewes; 26—“complete with spacious 302-313-4032; rehobothfilm. seating, and state-of-the-art com) has CDC guidelines in lighting.” A Memorial Day effect and reduced seating capacity for in-person viewing, opening is planned. as well as several films The Milton Theater (110 available for streaming. See Union Street, Milton; 302-684website for information. 3038; miltontheatre.com) has

Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) offers complete framing services and a wide selection of works by artists they represent. Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd., Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsulagallery.com) celebrates Black CrossCurrents by Olaive Jones at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery.

(Detail) Ujima by Ann B. Martin at CAMP Rehoboth Gallery.

History Month with a solo exhibition by Dane Tilghman— through March 27. Preview the show on their website. Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) has way too much going on to fit here! Visit their website for upcoming exhibitions and class offerings.▼ Doug is the Artistic 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. Check out CAMP Arts on our website at camprehoboth.com for links to all the listed theatres, galleries and museums.

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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her for her first role. He instructed Tyson to shave 10 years off her age. “Six decades would go by,” she said, “before I let the public in on what was frankly never any of their business.” And that line should give you most of the encouragement you need to want to read Just as I Am. Nobody could ever accuse the late actor Cicely Tyson of being shy. Even so, she wrote (with Michelle Burford) that she was initially a quiet child, and this, framed by a childhood tainted by Jim Crow racism and a stormy relationship with her mother, make up the bulk of the first half of the book. Tyson also wrote of a dangerous innocence that led to early motherhood. On that, she declines to call her daughter by name, which is an interesting aspect that differs from the usual Hollywood memoir. One other way that Just as I Am stands out from the usual: while Tyson name-drops here, it comes across less showy and more familiar, which is refreshing. Her lengthy— and carefully-managed, award-winning career—makes up the latter half of this book, as do tales of her loves, including the red-hot, on-again/off-again, frustrating romance with musician Miles Davis. For fans of Cicely Tyson’s work on stage and screen, this is a thorough look at more than just that career. Biography lovers will also want to know that if you’re ready for your next book, Just as I Am is the one to pick. ▼

by Cicely Tyson with Michelle Burford c.2021, Harper Collins $28.99/$35.99 Canada, 416 pages Man, you’re picky. That’s not always a bad thing, either. You know what you want so you choose deliberately, carefully, with plenty of thought behind it. What’s right for you is right for you and you won’t take anything less. As in the new memoir Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson (with Michelle Burford), folks will just have to deal with it. Born in New York City a few days before Christmas 1924, Cicely Tyson’s first real memory was of a place, one where her parents fought, physically and verbally, over her father’s infidelities. She was sensitive to everything she heard in the next room as she and her brother and sister slept on a pull-out couch, and she recalled times when she tried to stop the brawling. She was a good church-going girl then, and while her mother had ideas for Tyson’s future, young Cicely knew she wanted a life that was different than that of her mother. Though she loved “the arts,” she decided to become a hairdresser. But before she could graduate from high school, Tyson became pregnant and was made to marry the baby’s father. Later divorced, she was working downtown when someone approached her on her lunchtime, asking her if she was a model. When she said, “no,” he told her that she should be one. Almost like in the movies, that led Tyson to a friend of a friend who signed her to an agency and there, she was spotted by someone else who knew of a movie director who hired


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Sowing the Seeds of Love


o, this is 2021, huh? As I am writing this, snow is blowing sideways outside my dining room window, and weather forecasters are expecting anywhere from one inch to over eight inches depending on which expert is talking. Groundhog’s Day indicated six more weeks of winter. But spring always comes at the same time, in mid-March, so you do the math. Six weeks will be here before you know it. It’s a perfect time to start thinking about sowing some seeds, indoors. Last year I started a variety of vegetables on my kitchen counter with seeds a good friend gifted me a couple months earlier. With the assistance of some LED growing lights, I had a good rate of success. I was rewarded with fresh

produce late spring and all summer long. It gave me joy during the start of the pandemic as well as a sense of normalcy. I decided I would do it again this year. Below are my tips, as an emerging seed starter, that are easy to follow and bound to bring some joy to you as well. I hope these provide you with success if you choose to sow some seeds indoors this year. It’s never too early to start planning your garden for the coming growing season. Stay safe, and let’s garden together.▼ Eric W. Wahl is landscape architect at Pennoni Associates, and president of the Delaware Native Plant Society.

— GERMINATION TIPS — Acquire seeds from a reputable source. This will help guarantee a better germination rate. Use a potting mix specifically designed for seeds. This type of mix does not include soil as we know it. Instead, it’s a blend of ingredients that includes those that help with drainage and hold onto water. I know that seems counterintuitive, but good potting mixes include both, plus nutrients that the seeds and plants will need to grow. Grab some containers, but make sure they have holes in the bottom for drainage. Old six-packs of plants can be recycled for this purpose, as well as old food containers, or bio-degradable cartons. I have seen some even use old cardboard egg cartons, too. Plant the seeds at the correct depth. Most tiny seeds need only a slight cover of soil, but larger seeds may need to go deeper. Check the back of your seed packet for sowing instructions. Keep the newly-planted seeds in a warm location; around 70 degrees is ideal. Some gardeners use a warming mat underneath the containers. Monitor for germination. Letters 54 FEBRUARY 19, 2021

Keep your containers moist but not saturated. I like to use a spray bottle that lightly mists the tops of the containers evenly. Some grow packs come with a lid. This helps to keep the humidity constant. However, at the first signs of growth, remove the lid. If left too long it can cause the seedlings to “dampen off” or rot at the soil line. Place your newly-sprouted seeds in a bright location, like near a sunny, south-facing window. I bought an LED grow light last year and it worked wonderfully with a timer. Be sure to place the light very close to the seedlings or else they will get leggy. Once your seedlings have two sets of leaves, it’s time to thin them out. I usually drop three or four seeds in each container so that I am assured that at least a couple will germinate. Once they begin growing, select the sturdiest one to remain and clip the rest at the soil line.

“A good gardener always plants three seeds: one for the grubs, one for the weather, and one for himself.” – C. COLLINS

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Renee Wright


enee Ann Wright, 41, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, on March 21, 1979, daughter of Raymond and Rita Butler. For many years she worked as a dental assistant, then office bookkeeper for the Maplewood Dental Associates. Renee was a free spirit who lived life in her own special way. Above all, she enjoyed music, whether attending concerts or just sitting on the deck with her beloved dogs. The enjoyment of music was her happy place. She also loved to travel and explore new places, falling in love with two very special places, Provincetown, Massachusetts and Anegada, the British Virgin Islands, where she and her husband would visit regularly. Her ability to make everyone feel loved wherever she traveled changed strangers to lifetime friends. Wherever you would see her she was usually in the company of her oldest and most beloved dog, “Bay.” Her other dogs, momma’s girl “Keely,” her crazy little man “Hook,” and last, but not least, her adopted little girl “Mizzen.” She was predeceased by her father, Raymond Butler, and a brother-in-law, Michael Judd. She is survived by her husband

of 12 years, Steven Wright; her mother, Rita Studzinski Butler of Dagsboro; her brother and sister Ryan and Dianna Butler of Dagsboro; her mother-in-law and father-in-law Bruce and Patricia Wright; nieces, Jacquelyn Ennis, Julianna Ennis, and Lily Ennis all of Dagsboro, Lily Judd and Emma Rose Judd of Rehoboth Beach, and Deming Florax of Greenville, Delaware; nephews, Tyler Judd of Rehoboth Beach, Rawley Florax of Greenville, Delaware; sisters-in-law, Jill Judd of Rehoboth Beach, and Joelle Florax of Greenville, Delaware; brother-in-law Mike Florax of Greenville, Delaware, brother-in-law John Ennis of Dagsboro, and sister-in-law Kelly Butler of Dagsboro; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, and many, many friends, especially Ann and Winston Parchment of the island family. As per Renee’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held to gather, laugh, and love. Stay tuned as a date will be announced on her Facebook page. Donations in Renee’s memory are suggested to CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971, or to the Delaware Humane Association, 18675 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium. ▼

Michael Morrison


ichael “Mike” J. Morrison, 68, of Rehoboth Beach passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes. He was born May 22, 1952, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, son of the late Samuel and Clara (McConnell) Morrison. Mr. Morrison worked for 30 years at Anne Arundel County Public Schools as an art educator. He and his wife Donna started a theater camp at Anne Arundel Community College many years ago. They directed many plays over the years. After Mrs. Morrison’s passing, he continued as lead director. It was their passion to work with youth and develop their talents. Michael worked for several years at Palate Pleasers in Annapolis, Maryland, where he loved seeing new and old faces on a regular basis. He continued to work in the service industry when he moved to Rehoboth Beach. Mr. Morrison loved the arts. Both professional and community theater was his great passion. He was a very talented artist and showed it in so many ways. You could find him decorating for holidays or for friends’ weddings. Mr. Morrison was al-

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Bruce Allen Savage ways a busy guy! He loved shopping and fashion. He was the best-dressed man we knew. The beach was his second home, and he always felt at peace whenever he had the sand between his toes. Mr. Morrison loved to lay in the sun, loved his friends and family—most of all his five grandchildren. His grandchildren were his life. He had passed so much talent and kindness to them. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Mr. Morrison and his family sponsored many midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy. They were like his sons, and he loved being part of their lives and watching their families grow. In addition to his parents, Mr. Morrison was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 25 years, Donna Jean Morrison. Mr. Morrison is survived by his grateful children: Andrew Phillip Morrison of Clearwater, Florida, Jennifer Megan Alber of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Erin Maria Betz (Todd) of Arnold, Maryland; his five grandchildren; and many, many friends in Annapolis and Rehoboth Beach.▼


ruce Allen Savage, 70, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, due to complications from COVID-19. He was born on July 7, 1950 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, son of the late William and Pauline Savage. Bruce grew up in Tarboro, North Carolina. Upon graduating from East Carolina University, he moved to the Washington, DC area where he worked as a communications specialist. He developed corporate communication strategies for several companies and organizations, including Riggs Bank, American Gas Association, and Manufactured Housing Association. In 2015 Bruce married Irving “Sonny” Stedman, Jr., his partner of more than 30 years. They lived in Vienna, Virginia and built a second home in Lewes. It was at this secluded spot overlooking the Rehoboth Bay that they retired. In addition to his parents, Bruce was preceded in death by his beloved husband and partner, Irving “Sonny” Stedman, Jr. in 2018. He is survived by a loving family of friends. ▼


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Jim Carlo X Justine Carpenter X Shirley Carpenter & Mary Coldren X John Carr & Billy Cox* Lisa Carrol & Deb Dubois X Marianna Carson & Laura Bobo Alice Casey Jo Cason & Peggy Neidlinger Teresa Cason & Lynda Schepler X Sara Cavendish & Wendy Bunce X 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 & Michelle Holmes X Curt Christensen & Ellen Heald* Billy J. Christian X Dennis Chupella & Rob White X Norma K. Clark X Rob Cline Barbara Clipper Amy Clouse & Betty Long X Carolyn Cole & Sandy McDevitt X Stuart Comstock-Gay X Inez Conover X Bill Cooley & Ken Watkins DVM X Josh Cooper & Steve Rathburn Jeffery A. Coover X Michael Cornell X Lois Corson & Mary Murdoch X Mary Costa & Kris Nygaard Becky & Tom Craft X Wendy Cramer & Carolyn Baranowski* Theresa-Ann Crivelli & Angela Murray Robert Crocetti X Bill Cross & David McCall X Richard Culver Mark Cunningham & Ken Tattersall X Rich Custer Howard Cyr & Lynn Ashley* Ellen Dahl Susan Daily William T. Darley X Jeff Davidson & Steve Yahn Debra Davies & Joanne Saltzberg Jeremiah Davis Marsha Davis & Bev Lesher X Kathy Davison & Ruth Dickerson X Scott & Donna de Kuyper – Hotel Blue* Frederick Dean & Steven Swierzy X Linda Dean & Donna Whiteside* Penny Lee Dean Scott Dechen & James Maino Michael Decker X Michael DeGraffenreid Susan Deise & Jerri Budzinski Bernie Delia X Frank Dell’Aquila X Claire Dente & Leslie Campo* 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

Phyllis Dillinger Mary Dipietro & Wendy Schadt* Deb Dobransky & Ketty Bennett* Arthur Dochterman X David & Lizann Dockety X Peg Dolan & Mary McDevitt X Debbie & Karen Dorris* Kathryn Downs Frances Doyle X Paul Dradransky X Michael Driscoll & Ben McOmber X Susan Dube & Diana Patterson* Deanna Duby & Carol Bruce Barry Dunkin Brenda Dunn & Karen Anderson Deborah Duran Gregory DuRoss Gene Dvornick X Sue Early X Frank Echols & Robert Robinson Eden Restaurant X Gail Elliott & Bea Hickey* Pamela Elliott W. Kay Ellis 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 Barbara Fischetti Gary Fisher & Josh Bushey* Chuck Flanagan & George Whitehouse X David Flohr & Steven Kuschuck* Paul Florentino & Chris Pedersen X Sandra Fluck & Beverly Morgan* Mary Ford & Judy Hedrick X Anthony Forrest & Glyn Edwards Roland Forster & David McDonald Beebe Frazer X Phil Fretz X Billiemichelle & Evelyn Friel* Neil Frock & Bob Harrison* Marilyn Fuller & Teresa Marigliano June Rose Futcher Lorraine Gaasche & Jill Mayer* Frank Gainer & Ramon Santos* Lynn Gaites & Faye Koslow X Nina Galerstein* Marcia Gallo & Ann Cammett Jerry Gallucci & Conrad Welch Marilyn Gamble & Joan Morgan Karen Gantz & Jeanie Geist Kathryn Gantz & Kathryn Gehret Don Gardiner X Cheri Garnet & Cynthia Arno Mindy Gasthalter* Wilson Gates X Charles George & Dennis Rivard X Tracey Gersh & Amy Johnson Gary Gillard X Jordan Gipple & Paul Weppner* Ron Glick & Tien Pham* Karen Glooch X Ronald Gluck Jane Godfrey* Randall Godwin X Jackie Goff & Mary Vogt X Dave Gold & In Memory of James Yiaski X Robert Gold X Continued on page 64

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Mel Goldberg 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 & Raymond Graff* Paul R. Grant & Marc Watrel* Linda Gregory Harvey Grider Kenneth Grier* Richard Grifasi X John Grillone & Paul Schlear Jr. X Joseph Gritz X Jeffrey Groenheide Wendy Grooms & Barbara Fishel X Carol Gross X James Gross X Richard & Frances Grote* Paula Grubbs X Helene Guilfoy X Bill Gunning & Joe Greoski X Bob Gurwin & John Rourke Marie & Ken Haag* Jay Haddock & Hector Torres* Gerard M. Haley & George D. Zahner X Cynthia Hall X Siobhan Halmos & Beth McLean* Mark Hare & Mike Newman X Fred Harke – In Memory of Robert Rougeau X Kelley Harp X David Harrer & Floyd Kanagy* Tanya Harris Pat Harte & Nancy Sigman Mary Hartman & Laurie Nelson Jeff Haslow X Janece Hausch* John & Mary Havrilla* John Hawkins & Silvia Ritchie Nancy Hawpe Daniel F.C. Hayes* Gail Hecky* Leslie Hegamaster & Jerry Stansberry* Linda Heisner X Mary Helms & George Beckerman* Steve & Maria Hendricks 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 Mary Anne Hoopes & Dianna Johnston* James T. Hopkins X Elaine Horan & Debbie Sciallo X Kenneth Horn Frank Hornstein & Mark Henckel X James Hospital & Jack Fraker* Robert Hotes X Corey Houlihan & Karen Abato Carol Huckabee Peggy Ann Hughes Ron Hughes & Ben Cross Ellan Hylton Batya Hyman & Belinda Cross* 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* Sue Jernberg & Chris Hunt Susan Jimenez & Cathy Benson X Donna A. Johnson* Dorsey Johnson & Kay Jernigan* Ken Johnson X Randi Johnson Tara Johnson Jim Johnston Richard Jolly & Charles Ingersoll X D. J. Jones Dee Dee Jones & Julie Blake Gay Jones & Barb Bartels Glenn Jones X Rob Jones Sue Jones & Dottie Stackhouse Tom Jones X JoEllen Jordan Nola Joyce & Brenda Eich* Frank Jump & Vincenzo Aiosa Wayne Juneau X Mick Kaczorowski X Bob Kaplan & Jeff Davis X Daphne Kaplan & Steve Scheffer Sharon Kaplan & Pamela Everett* Kevin P. Kaporch X Denise Karas & Katherine Bishop* Amylynn Karnbach – One Day At A Time Gifts, LLC Anne Kazak & Chris Coburn X Peter Keeble & Tom Best Margaret Keefe* Alan Keffer* Donald Kelly* John Kelly & Randy Sutphin X Michael J. Kelly X John Kennedy Kate Kent Hunter Kesmodel X Ned Kesmodel & Matt Gaffney X Marge Keyes & Julie Arenstein X Spencer Kingswell X Daniel Kinsella* Frank Klemens & Barry Brown Jane Knaus & Cindy Myers Beth Kopicki in Honor of Barbara Nissley 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 Peter Lanzaro & Frank Bodsford X Dr. Mathilda Laschenski & Dr. Kathleen Heacock X Ruth Lauver & Judy Wetzel* Kate Lavelle X Charlie Lee X Jon Leeking & Dieulifete Jean* Sherry Leichman & Keith Snyder Mary Lenney* Jen Leonard & Claire McCracken Chris & Mary Leslie Marsha Levine & Susan Hamadock X Barbara Lilien* Bill Lipsett & Eric Bolda* Duwayne Litz & Steve Triglia X Eleanor Lloyd & Celeste Beaupre Robert E. Long X Cynthia Lowe & Rae von Doehren

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Debbie Lupton Diane Lusk X P. Michael Lutz* Donna Lynch Minda Lynch Becky Lyons & Ebie Hamrick X Wendy Maclay & Sheree Davis* 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 Kate Mangione & Gayle Parker Brian Mann Domenic Mannello X Stephanie Manos & Reber Whitner X Anyda Marchant X Charles Marino & Alan Berman* Diane Markey & Randi Snader* Harold Marmon & Robert Hill* Ann Martin Michele Martin Norma Martin X Linda Martinak & Susan Baker Nan Martino* James Mastoris & Edward Chamberlain X Joe Matassino & Tim Murray Frank Matero Nancy Mathis Jason Darion & Jason A. Mathis-White John Matthews & Nick Polcini* Sarah Matthews Jonathan Mattner & Chad Rinker Eric Matuszak X Lewis Maurer Donna McCabe & Mac Ignacio X Debbie McCall & Cyndi Brooks Kathleen McCormick & Elizabeth Fish X Sean McDonald Mary McElhone & Nancy Kaiser X Thomas McGlone X Jeffrey McGuire Alexis McKenzie Ellen McKeon & Kay Cummings Joe McMahon X Jeanne Ann McManus & Robin Robertson Joseph McNally & Terry Jones X Charlotte McNaughton Chuck McSweeney & Michael Clay X Jim & Bruce McVey-Back* Mary Medlock & Susan Russell Buck Melton X John Messick X 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 X Marilyn K. Miller & Candice Zientek* Todd A. Miller & Michele Frame X Chris & Joann Miller-Marcin Stan Mills & Marcia Maldeis X Lee Wayne Mills X Andrea Monetti & Karen Petermann* Sue Monismith X Jamie Moore Teri Moore & Barb Kulbaba* Beverly Morgan & Sandra Fluck

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Carole Redman Janet Redman X Carolyn Redmon & Nancy Allen* Randy Reed X Rehoboth Art League* Laura Reich & Deb Zabinski Peter S. Reichertz X Ken Reilly & Tony Ghigi X Virginia Reime & Gene Tadlock* Jeff Reinhart & Jack Miller* Don Reppy Thomas Resh & Jeffrey Meyers X Judith Retchin & Elyse Wander X Deborah Reuter & Deborah Bea* Sarah Reznek & Babette Pennay Gloria Richards Sandie Riddell & Eileen Siner* Marion Ridley & Mark Lundy X John Riley Joel Robbins & Michael Linder X Sandra Robbins X William Robbins & Gary Ralph Sandy Roberts X Rob Robertson & Carlos Taylor X Teri & Amy Robinson-Guy Craig Rocklin X Tim Rodden & Randy Clayton X John & Susan Roehmer* Jeanne Rogers* Roy Rollins X Lauren Romig X Debbie Ronemus & Peggy Sander* Ed Rose & Sandra Robbins X Peter Rosenstein X Deborah & Charles Ross X Larry L. Ross X Ellen & Terry Roth Perreault X Barb Rowe X Ski Rowland & Gary Mosher X Joan Rubenstein X Herbert Russell Mary K. Ryan Kelly Sabol & Erin Reid* Steve Sage & Thom Swiger X Chris Sailer & Min Mancini Joe & Nancy Sakaduski* Margaret Salamon* Cindy Sanders & Donna Smith* Sanford & Doris Slavin Foundation X Linda Santi Richard Scalenghe & Thomas Panetta* Lynn Scherer & Natalie Ireland Kim Schilpp* Michael Schlechter & Kevin Sharp X Lisa Schlosser & Sherri Brown Rosemarie Schmidt & Carolyn Horn X Kirk Schneck Holly Schneider & Linda Haake Jaime Schneider & Glenn Randall X Peter Schott & Jeffrey Davis* Linda Schulte Carol Schwartz X Craig Schwartz & William Pullen X Mona Schwartz & Joanne Tramposch* Carol Scileppi & Valerie McNickol* Diane Scobey X John Scotti & Greg Landers David Scuccimarra & Dorothy Fedorka* Clifton C. Seale & Charles A. Gilmore* Nancy Bradley Seibert* Shirley Semple* Marj Shannon* Dale Sheldon & Pat Coluzzi X Continued on page 67

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Tara Sheldon Kelly Sheridan & Debra Quinton David Sherman X George Shevlin & Jack Suwanlert* Davis Short & Beverly Castner Cathy Sieber & Brenda Kriegel Frank Silverio X Marc Silverman & John Campbell* Brian Sims Joanne Sinsheimer & Margaret Beatty* Joy Sirianni & Chris Snell Sandra Skidmore & Jonathan Handy X Ken Skrzesz X Jeffrey Slavin X Anne Smith & Lisa Taylor Carol Smith* Cheryl Smith Harlan Joe Smith & Dustin Abshire* Leonard Smith X Peg Smith* Robert Smith Rosanne Smith & Brenda Butterfield* Tina Snapp Claire & Mikki Snyder-Hall Sandra Sommerfield & Cindy Scott X Sandy Souder - Unity of Rehoboth Beach* Lynda Sowbel Dee Speck & Linda Kauffman X Jim Spellman X Lorraine Stanish & Beverly Miller* Christy Steer X Frank Sterner X Lisa Stewart X Libby Stiff & Bea Wagner X Allison Stine & Pete Jamieson Terry Stinson* Tracy Stith & Laura McCarthy Dr. Frederick C. Stoner * Michael Stover* Christine Strauss X Lois Strauss X Kaye Sullivan Jill Sungenis & Nicole Bano Frank Surprenant, DDS & Chris Wisner X John Swift & Ron Bowman X Melanie Szvitich Gail Tannenbaum & Wendy Walker* Ronald Tate & Jacob Schiavo X Micaela Tedford X Richard Thibodeau Dave Thomas X The Hon. Henry E. Thomas IV & John-Kevin Litschgi X Thomas Tibbetts X David Tiburzio Otto F. Tidwell X George Todd & Rusty Baker Cassandra Toroian X Manny Tortosa X Anne Tracy & Mary Gilligan Cheryll & Bill Trefzger* Roz Troupin & Mary Harris X Patricia Truitt Abby Tschoepe & Pat Dunn* Matt Turlinski & Jerry Sipes X Ed Turner & Steve Baker X Judy Twell & Cheri Himmelheber Bruce Uliss X Thomas Urban & Marc Samuels* Donna Valla Debra Van Dyke* Jennifer Varone V. James Villareale & Dale Ebert*

Gail Vitale & Carmen Garrett Beverly Vogt & Waneeta Mack X Darlene Waddell & Cindy Campbell Patrick Wadsworth & Mike Converse X Eric Wahl Marianne Walch X David Wall & Robert Houck* Kenneth E. Walz & Robert G. Ward, Jr. X Garold Wampler X Michael E. Ward X Barbara Warden* Robert Warmkessel X Jack Warren* Sharyn Warwick X Ellen Watkins X Troy Watson & Dennis Wolfgang* Debbie Webber & Terry McQuaid Lisa Weidenbush & Judy Stout Kathy Weir & Lynn Finaldi* West Side New Beginnings Karin Westermann Carl R. Wetzel X Liz Wheeler & Ruth Morse X Steve White & Wayne Williamson X Thomas White & Robert Freeman X Kurt Wibbens Phil & Stephanie Wikes Keith Wilkinson X Edward Williams Jim Williams* Rich Williams X Donna L. Wilson & Laurie R. Levin X Stephanie Wingert & Carla Avery* David Wolanski Max Wolf X Carol Woodcock & Carol Lewis* Robert B. Wright X Robert T. Wright & Jack Lim* Marjorie Wuestner & Catherine Balsley* Janet Yabroff Mary Yasson Alexander G. Yearley X James E. Yiaski X Linda Yingst* Vickie York X John Zakreski* Cherie Zeigler & Barbara Brimer James Zeigler & In Memory of Sam Deetz* Carol Zelenkowski* Keith Zembower Phyllis Zwarych & Sheila Chlanda*

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CAMELOT MEADOWS Rehoboth. 1980 2BR/1.5BA home is 1,345 sq. ft. w/ 4-season porch & tip out. Partially furn. Pool & only 3.5 miles to beach. $53,000 (17607) Lot Rent $613/mt.

CAMELOT MEADOWS Rehoboth. 1972 2BR/1BA w/sunroom & screen porch Furnished. Shed. ‘As Is”. Just 3.5 miles to beach. Community pool. $39,900

COLONIAL EAST - Rehoboth. 3BR/2BA home has been remodeled, including kitchen & baths. Enclosed porch. Shed. Olympic-size pool. 4 miles to beach. $68,500

(17607) Lot Rent $766/mt.

(NEW) Lot Rent $650/mt.

ROUTE 5 - Milton. 0.76-acres. Lot #2 Harbeson Rd near Rust Rd. Valid site eval. or public sewer hook-up. No builder tiein. Quick access to Rt. 9 & 11 miles to beach. $55,000 (1001565654)

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