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June 2017

What’s on Tap?

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What’s on Tap? Well, the Fourth of July and fireworks. There is actually plenty of other stuff going on, too.  But if you have kids or grandkids, you probably want to know where you can go see the fireworks. We don’t blame you one bit. We love the Fourth of July and the fireworks. How could we not? Delmarva includes the first state and the first town. Delmarva is nothing if not independent. So here are some spots where you can take in the fireworks. Happy Fourth to all!

 

Delaware

Saturday, July 1st: Millsboro Stars and Stripes at Cupola Park. The event starts at 6 p.m. with food vendors and a DJ. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Cupola Park also has a playground. This is perfect if you love fireworks and don’t want to fight beach traffic.

Sunday, July 2nd: Rehoboth Beach Fireworks: head to the Bandstand on the boardwalk. The Funsters will play at 8 p.m. The fireworks will begin around 9 p.m. The city is advising that people take the DART buses to the fireworks.

Tuesday, July 4th: Bethany Beach. Ok, this may be the one to go to. Bethany Beach has about 12 bands, including a downtown Dixieland band and a German Oompah Band ( I can’t help but think of Willie Wonka.), and other activities planned, including a trivia contest with none other than a Ben Franklin look-alike. (we love this.) The fireworks start at dusk. Check here.

Sunday, July 2nd and Monday, July 3rd, The Cape-May Lewes Ferry. This is way too late for us, but this would be a fantastic way to see the fireworks. The ship leaves the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal at 7:15 p.m. to view the fireworks in Rehoboth on the second. The trip on Monday goes to New Jersey. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children per trip.

Maryland

Saturday, July 1s: Family Fun for Independence Day Celebration. This event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sturgis Memorial Park Snow Hill, Md. The fireworks display will be at Sturgis Park on River Street. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the Independence Day fireworks display at dusk. Neon glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets will be sold.  410-632-2080.  Click here.

Saturday, July 1st: Fireworks in St. Michael’s Harbor and Big Band Night at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. This sounds simply picturesque. Watch the fireworks along the water in St. Michael’s, or anchor out on the Miles River to enjoy the display reflected in the water. Big Bound music will play Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at 7 p.m. You can also watch the fireworks from the museum’s campus. Bring a lawn chair, enjoy music and food vendors will be on site. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4TH:  CONCERT & FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH: Enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on the beach at N. Division Street in Ocean City, Md. For more information, call 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

Monday, July 3:  The Bulkhead Bayside Avenue Rock Hall, Maryland,  Kent County at 9 p.m. 410-639-7611. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4th: Red, White, and Boom at Wicomico County Stadium in Salisbury. A fireworks display held at Wicomico County Stadium. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.  Families can enjoy music from WBOC 102.5, bounce houses and food vendors. A Kids Kazoo Parade is at 8 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the fireworks, which start at 9:15 p.m. Free parking across the street at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and Wicomico High School parking lots. Rain date is July 5. Click here.

Virginia

Saturday, July 1: Fireworks in Celebration of Independence Day The Pony Express will be operating 3 trolleys free of charge beginning at 5 p.m. and the Town of Chincoteague will offer shuttle bus services from the Chincoteague Combined High School to the Carnival grounds beginning at 6p.m. Visitor and citizens are encouraged to use these free services as there will be very limited parking. (Rain date 7/8). The fireworks are at 10 p.m. at the Carnival Grounds. They are being sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Click here.

Tuesday, July 4th: Cape Charles, Va. fireworks offer a small town parade with firetrucks beforehand. The festivities run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Go to Bay Avenue in Cape Charles to enjoy. Click here.

 

 

 

 

How to avoid parking tickets at the beach

 

It was good while it lasted. Summer is here and so are the parking meters.

They go up around Memorial Day weekend. I have gotten dinged twice. Each ticket costs $3o. I keep meaning to pay the tickets but keep forgetting. Perhaps I am being generous with the word “forgetting.” I just do not want to pay the tickets. But, pay I must for the fines will continue to increase if I don’t.

Whether you live here or you are just visiting, the parking meters are not to be fooled with. This is how beach communities make their money. There is no such thing as a grace period.

 

If you are local, then you have no doubt had a conversation about the dreaded meters and parking in downtown Rehoboth Beach and Lewes. I know in Ocean City, Dewey Beach similar conversations are being had.

So what is a tourist or a local with places to go, people to see, but no quarters to feed the meters to do?

You have a couple of options.

  • You can carry a boatload of quarters and set a timer and be sure you are not a second late feeding the meter. People are nice in Rehoboth and Lewes, but if you are second late you are getting a ticket.
  • Another option is to pay with your credit card. Some of the meters, dare I say most, accept credit cards. Not all of them do. The ones on Olive and Virginia Avenue in Rehoboth do not. Here is a link to Rehoboth Beach’s parking meter map. That is where I had just one quarter and got a ticket. You still have to go back and pay after the maximum amount of time has expired. I think it is three hours. Again, you have to pay attention and you have got to a set a timer on your phone.

A co-worker mentioned there is an app for paying parking meters, and some of the meters do allow you to use your smartphone to pay. That is right, you can continue to sit on the beach, relax and beat the meter maid or meter man as the case may be.

Parkmobile is one app that can be used at some of the meters in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Dewey. I have never downloaded the app and I have never used it, so I cannot claim first-hand knowledge. I am considering downloading one of the parking apps, but I am not there yet. I just got an iPhone after using androids for the last 10 years. I am not an early adapter.

I also don’t like the idea of having my credit card information on my phone. If I lose my phone, which happens sometimes,  I would panic. I will stick with quarters and credit cards when it comes to the meters.

Parking passes are also available, at least in Rehoboth Beach, people can buy a season pass for $75 or pay $10 per day, a bargain. People with passes can park in residential areas, not as close to all of the action.

Another option, for some, is to take the DART buses into Rehoboth Beach, Dewey or Lewes. People can park at the transfer stations and just not worry about getting a ticket. Another option is to buy the Delaware State Park season pass. We paid $30 for ours and we can go to Cape Henlopen State Park and not worry about quarters and credit cards. We can go to Gordon’s Pond, just down the road and nestled away from Rehoboth Beach. You can make it from Gordon’s Pond to downtown Rehoboth on a bike. The pass is also good at any other Delaware state park. That means access to Delaware Seashore State Park and more, so much more. If you are local, buy the pass, it is so worth it. If you are not local but plan on staying for a while or returning, buy the pass, it is so worth it.

I can’t tell you much about the parking situation in Ocean City, but I can tell you if you are coming for the Fourth of July and want to park, your best bet is to park at the Inlet parking lot. Ocean City just rolled out a program that allows you to pay a flat fee of $50 to park there from 6 a.m. until midnight. If you decide to park at 12 p.m., the fee is $30 and after 3 p.m., provided you find a space, it is $20. Ocean City recommends riding the bus. Can’t help you there, but a co-worker recommends it.

Just some thoughts. I am sure if you ask other locals there are plenty of others. One thing is or certain, if you get the ticket, pay the ticket.

In Rehoboth Beach, you can pay your tickets at any one of the red boxes, by mail or online. I am paid mine online this morning. I waited two weeks to pay mine and the fines went from $30 per ticket to $45 per ticket. Ouch. Enjoy my $92 City of Rehoboth. Yes, there is also a fee on top of the fine.  I am crossing my fingers that I do not get another ticket for the rest of the season.

 

Fishing abounds around DelMarVa

Fishing the Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park

We took the kids fishing for the first time in a community pond in Maryland a few years back. Kid No.3 lost interest fairly quickly, and Kid No. 2 abandoned her pole after reeling in a small sunfish, so only Kid No.1 remained. After sitting with him for a while and not getting a nibble he turned to me and said, “Fishing takes a lot of patience.”

He was only six at the time, but apparently, he learned quickly that primary lesson of fishing.

This spring we went out to a community fishing spot on the Broadkill River in Milton. Kid No. 3 caught three small panfish, which we returned to the water. Kid No. 2 and Kid No. 3 were visibly agitated that their little brother was pulling in fish every couple minutes and they didn’t.

Whether fresh- or saltwater, commissioning a charter or casting from a pier or beach, Delaware offers a ton of options for anglers regardless of experience level.

For freshwater fishing, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife manages some community ponds throughout the state.

Milton has three public fishing areas in town, and two of them have boat launch ramps. They provide access to both Wagamon’s Pond and the Broadkill River.

Other pond fishing can be found at Killens Pond State Park, Lums Pond State Park, and Trap Pond State Park. Freshwater fishing can be found at Brandywine Creek State Park and White Clay Creek State Park.

DNREC publishes a booklet on pond fishing. Check it out here.

You can also visit the Delaware State Park website for more information on these and other fishing locations.

Anyone 16 years or older does need to get a license to fish. Delaware also has what is called a Fisherman Information Network, or FIN Number. You get a Fin number when you buy a license, but if you are exempt from having to get a fishing license, you still need to get the FIN Number.

Find out more about licensing requirements here.

If you are planning on surf fishing, there are plenty of access points where you can get to the beach and set up to fish. Or, you can get drive onto the beach if you have a surf-fishing permit. Information about that permit is also on the licensing requirement webpage here.

For a complete fishing regulation guide, go here.

And for information about size and limits, go here.

Cape Henlopen State Park offers a nice pier where the fishing is usually good. The convenience store at the end of the pier sells all your basic supplies, including crab cages if you are interested in trying to catch some crabs. Make sure you brush up on the regulations for crabs.

Charter services are also available. Lewes and Indian River have many charter services to choose from. A web search will get you to most of them, along with reviews. The Indian River Marina charter services is a good starting spot in researching charters.

Most don’t include the cost on their websites, but most of them offer half day or all day, and some variations of day into night or other specialties. More than a few also offer dolphin watching or other leisure-type cruises if you want to get out on the water but aren’t interested in dipping a line.

Fishing does, after all, take patience. Even a 6-year-old knows that.

 

 

 

What’s on Tap?

 

The traffic this week has been, well, not so great. It is the season and they say the population of Delmarva balloons overnight. I would say that is pretty true. The City of Rehoboth Beach alone gets to be about 50,000 strong in the summer months. While we locals, myself included,  grumble about the traffic, we totally get why you are here. We also really, really appreciate it. Who wouldn’t want to drive down from Wilmington, Philadelphia or come over the bridge from Baltimore or D.C. to Delmarva? It is pretty freaking awesome here. Still, there a lot of cars. There are a lot of people riding bikes and a lot of people walking. Dare I say not everyone is paying attention. If you have ever driven up or down Coastal Highway, you know exactly what I am talking about. There are a lot of fun things to do on Delmarva, but be safe trying to get them. Enough of the soapbox, here is a look at What’s on Tap this weekend.

 

 

Delaware:

Saturday, June 24th, Ansel Adams Step Outside the Studio Watercolor Hike. Hosted by Biggs Museum of American Art. The event starts at 8 AM and finishes up at 10 AM. Here is where: Biggs Museum of American Art 406 Federal St, Dover, Delaware 19901. If you have never been to Dover, stop by, it is the capital of Delaware and it is a pretty neat city. Pre-registration is required and there is a cost. Call the Briggs at 302-674-211 ext. 110.

Saturday, June 24th, Gardening for Water and Wildlife. This is hosted by the East Coast Garden Center. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. It is at the East Coast Garden Center at 30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro. The center is teaming up with the Abbott Mill Nature Center. They will go give a presentation on Monarch butterflies and their habitats, rain gardens, bird sanctuaries and native plants.

Saturday, June 24th, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker. Did you like to rock this town in the ’80s? If you’ve got cat class and you’ve got cat style, go check out Stray Cat Lee Rocker. He will perform at 7 a.m. at the Freeman Stage at Bayside. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20. Here is the address: 31750 Lake View Drive Selbyville, DE 19975. If you are in Ocean City, you are very close.

 

Maryland:

Saturday, June 24th, View from The Lighthouse: The Underground Railroad. The Choptank River Lighthouse will host a reception from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m for their new exhibit. It is free. This event at the Choptank River Lighthouse in Cambridge pairs nicely with other events associated with the underground railroad. You can find out more about these historical events by clicking here.

Friday, June 23rd, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., The 4th Friday Street Festival at Pocomoke City. The event offers local artists, food, beer, wine, vendors and live music. Pocomoke City has been dubbed the “friendliest town on the Eastern Shore.” Sounds like good family fun. Go see for yourself.

Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th, The Worcester County Fair. The fair is located at Bryd Park in Snow Hill. The event offers nothing but the finest fair food: Pit Beef, Ribs, Seafood, Kettle Corn, Cheesesteaks. The Worcester County Fair has it all, including a lot of fun activities for kids.

Virginia:

Friday, June 23rd, The Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival Opening weekend. This event offers rides, oyster fritters. This is Chincoteague, one of the neatest towns on the Eastern seaboard, just go. You will enjoy it. For details click here.

Saturday, June 24th, NASA launches Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket. The launch is scheduled for 9:07 and 9:22 p.m. The Nasa Visitors Center at Wallops Island will open at 8:30 p.m. People in other parts of Delmarva can watch on Facebook. Live coverage begins at 8:50 p.m. The mission will help scientists gather information over a larger area for a study on the ionosphere. Canisters deployed during the rocket’s ascent will release blue-green and red vapor to form artificial clouds about 4 to 5 minutes after the launch. The vapor tracers will allow scientists to track particle motions in space. The clouds may be visible from New York to North Carolina.

Friday, June 23rd, Kiptopeke State Park, Take a wagon ride and explore the park. The Wagon rides begins at 5 p.m and finish at 6 p.m. Take a seat in our wagon as we explore the park. Discover the park’s trails and what’s hiding amongst them on this one hour ride. Register at the Park Office. Only 10 seats available. Free.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Do you like to run?

 

 

I have always admired runners.  I admire them because I was never very good at running. It requires a certain capacity for breathing that I just don’t have. I am more of a walker, aspiring to one day be a runner. But, perhaps the best way to get in shape is to just start walking and work my way up to running. Just a thought.

After living on Delmarva for more 18 months, I know a lot of people love to run and Delmarva is a runner’s paradise. There are trails, boardwalks, and just beautiful scenery nearly everywhere you look.

Heck, I want to run. One day. But beyond the natural beauty, I have found that Delawareans are really into 5Ks, triathlons and other big running events, like marathons. Most of the races also benefit local charities, which is always a good thing. So for those of you who are far more athletically inclined than I am. Here is a list of 5k events and other running/walking events on Delmarva that are coming up in the near future. The list is by no means exhaustive. All of the races are in Sussex County, DE. If you know of a race or walk on Maryland or Virginia’s Eastern Shore and want me to add your event, I am happy to do it. Post a comment and let me know. Be sure to include your information, so I can contact you about your event. Enjoy!

 

June

June 24th, Saturday, Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Jungle Jim’s Rehoboth. www.seashorestriders.com

June 25th, Sunday, Firecracker 5K Run/Walk 7:15 a.m., Benefits Bethany Beach July 4th Fireworks. Register at bethanybeach5k.com.

June 25th, Sunday, 16th Annual Northbeach 5K, register at tensistersraces.com.

June 25th, Sun, Bill Degnan 5k Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes. www.seashorestriders.com.

July

July 1, Beach Paper Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m., Stuart Kingston, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 2nd, Sunday, 14th Annual Outlet Liquors 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.

July 3rd, Monday, Lewes Dairy Christmas in July 5K benefits the Salvation Army, races2run.

July 4th, Tuesday, Red, White & Blue 5K and Kiddie K, Rehoboth Beach Country Club. Benefits Meals on Wheels, races2run.

July 8, 2017, Saturday, Kelly J. Fritchman Memorial 5K & Kiddie K, Lewes, races2run

July 9th, Sunday, 11th Annual Dewey Beach Liquors 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com

July 15th, Saturday, Race for The Ribbon 5k Run/Walk 7:30 a.m. Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 16th, Sunday, Seashore 5 mile run, at 7:30 a.m., Deauville Beach, Rehoboth, www.seashorestriders.com

July 22nd, Saturday, The 15th Annual Lifeguard 10k/5K. Register at tensistersraces.com 

July 23rd, Sunday, Run for J.J. 5K Run & 5K Walk, 7:30 a.m., Cupola Park, Millsboro, www.seashorestriders.com.

July 30th, Sunday, Penn State Day, 5k, Register at tensistersraces.com

July 29th, Saturday, Run for the Paws 5K and 1-mile walk, 8 a.m. Starboard, Dewey, www.seashorestriders.com.

 

August

August 6th, Sunday, at 7:15 a.m., Athletes Against Alzheimer’s 5k Run/Walk. The race benefits the Delaware Alzheimer’s Chapter. Register at alzrun.com.

August 13th, Sunday, at 7:30 a.m., Buddy 5K Run/Walk, Dewey Beach, DE. This run/walk benefits individuals with intellectual disabilities. Register at deweybuddyrun.com. Benefits Best Buddies Delaware.

August 19th, Saturday, the 4th Annual Breast Fest 5k. Register at tensistersraces.com.

August 26th, Saturday, at 7:15 a.m., Bethany Beach Lifesaving Mile. Benefits the Edward Dean Foundation and the area Lifeguard Community. Register at BethanyMile.com 

September

September 2nd, Saturday, Last Blast Prediction 5K run/Walk at 7:30 a.m., The Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach. www.Seashorestriders.com.

September 3rd, Sunday, Summer’s End 5K. Register at tensistersraces.com.

September 9th, Saturday, 41st Annual Bottle & Cork Ten Miler/5K. Register at tensisterraces.com

September 9th, Saturday, Rehoboth Walk to Defeat ALS. Registration 8 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Register here.

September 16th, Saturday, Run/Walk for Kids 5K, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Register by clicking here.

September 17th, Saturday, the 21st Annual Dewey Beach Triathlon.  Deweybeachtriathlon.com

September 24th, Sunday, Bethany Beach First Responders Tri-Du-Aquabike. Start time 7 a.m. Benefits the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and First Responders. Register at Bethanybeachtri.com 

October

October 21, Saturday, Boooo-B-Que by The Sea 5k Run/Walk benefits the Delaware Children in Nature Fund. Register here.

December

December, 30th, Saturday, at 4 p.m. Surfin’ Snowman 5-Miler run/walk. This event benefits Contractors for a Cause, Justin’s Beach House, and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Register here.

Happy Trails!

 

What’s on Tap?

What’s On Tap?

The season is in full swing. The schools here just finished on Wednesday. Everyone is at the beach. That means there are probably more things to do on Delmarva than you have time. Chose wisely. Here are a few options to consider this weekend. Whatever you decide to do, hope you have a great time doing it. Enjoy!

 

Delaware

Friday, June 16th: Firefly Festival is playing in Dover. 21 Pilots are playing. So is Weezer and Ok Go and a lot of other bands. Day passes are $129. We love us some 21 Pilots. Go enjoy.

Saturday, June 17th: Selbyville’s 60th Old Timer’s Day Classic Car & Truck Show. The show is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For details: click here.

Saturday, June 17th: Firefly Fireside Chat with Sam Calagione. This is the man who created Dogfish Head. If you like good beer and Indie music go talk with this man. The chat with Sam will take place between 10 AM – 11:15 AM at Dogfish Inn. The address is 105 Savannah Rd, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Lewes is beautiful. You will love it.

Maryland

Saturday, June 17th: Ocean City Air Show. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the 10th-anniversary edition of the Ocean City Air Show on June 17-18, 2017. This year’s event will feature a wide variety of military demos including the USMC MV-22 Osprey and civilian performers like the GEICO Skytypers. Tickets at the Drop Zone Beach are $30 the day of the show. Kids are $14.

Saturday, June 17th: International Surfing Day. The event is being hosted by Surfrider Foundation – Ocean City Maryland Chapter. The event starts at 12 p.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. Meet at the Assateague Island Surf Shop. We don’t have a whole lot of information about this event, but it involves surfing and Assateague. How could you go wrong?

Saturday, June 17th: Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival. The festival is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is being hosted by the Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival and Talbot County Free Library. The festival will be held at Talbot County Free Library. It is located at 100 W Dover St, Easton, Md.

Virginia

Saturday, June 17th: Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve Hike. The hike is from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is a special guided hike of Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve. Meet at t the visitor center. The group will carpool over to Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve. Bring what you need for the weather, including a backpack, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Saturday, June 17th: Stem Saturday: Engineering Challenge at NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center.  Visitors assemble a team of friends and family and they discuss a challenge Wallops’ engineers solve every day. Your team needs to work together overcome a similar type of engineering challenge. It lasts about an hour and is recommended for people ages 6 years old and older. Got a budding scientist? This is for you. It starts at 12 p.m. You need to register, so call ahead.

Well, that’s just what we know, but we are sure that there is a lot more. Hope you find something you like to do this weekend. Whatever that is, enjoy!

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What and where is Delmarva anyway?

 

Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

When we lived outside of Baltimore I knew about Ocean City, Md. and I had also heard of Assateague, but that was about it. My knowledge of Maryland’s eastern shore was limited to Ocean City, Assateague, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that you had to drive over to get there.

Once my husband took me to Cape Charles, Va. and that might have been the first time I heard someone reference Delmarva. I am sure, like most people, I thought what the what? Then we moved to Delaware and decided that we would live at the beach. That is when we learned that not only do we live in Delaware, but we live on Delmarva.

Delmarva is a rather large peninsula on the East Coast of the United States.

It encompasses all of Delaware. Delaware is often a forgotten state sandwiched between Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. It is a slice of rural amidst densely populated Mid-Atlantic states. Delaware is three counties large and has less than 1 million people. When we moved here, people said that everyone knows everyone in Delaware. I have found this is pretty much true. Maybe that is why people are so nice here or maybe it is that they live at the beach? I don’t know, but I will take it.

So Delaware explains the Del in Delmarva, so what about the rest? Well, if you have ever looked at a map of Maryland you would notice that it is has a pretty odd shape and a body of water splits the state. The mainland has Baltimore, the D.C. suburbs, Annapolis, and Frederick. The land separated from the mainland by the Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Think Ocean City and Assateague. To get there from the mainland, you have to drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. For me that is scary, white-knuckle driving. I cringe every time I drive over it. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is the Mar in Delmarva. Maryland takes up a large middle chunk of the Peninsula.

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Virginia’s Eastern Shore looks like the tail. Virginia’s Eastern Shore is connected to Virginia by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel that connects the Peninsula to Virginia Beach., Va. The kids loved going through the bridge-tunnel. It is a 20-mile ride above the bay and under it. They did not talk at all when we took the bridge-tunnel. They were too busy taking it all in. If you have kids that tells you something about this engineering marvel. How do they build such things anyway? We were in awe. Virginia’s presence on the bottom of the peninsula puts the Va in Delmarva.

Some people believe that Delmarva comes from the U.S. Postal services abbreviations for the states. I looked it up. It doesn’t. Maryland has always been Md; not Mar.

Regardless of the name’s origin, it is an amazing place that seems largely unknown and unexplored and it is all located just two hours away from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. The Peninsula is nearly surrounded by water. The Chesapeake Bay is to the West of the peninsula. The Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is to the East. Delmarva is 183 miles long and 71 miles wide, according to the World Atlas.

We have not explored every inch of it, but we are trying. If you are intrigued like we are and want to visit. It is an easy drive from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. You can take a train down from NYC to Wilmington, DE and take a Dart bus down from there or drive. If you are flying into the area, most people fly into Philadelphia International Airport or Baltimore Washington Airport and rent a car.  You can also take the Cape May-Lewes Ferry if you are coming from New Jersey. You can drive your car, minivan or RV  onto the ferry and cross over the Delaware Bay.

Need some more encouragement to come explore Delmarva? Think about this: This is where Capt. John Smith docked his ship and explored many centuries ago. It was ripe for exploration when he arrived, and in many ways, it still is so many centuries later. Come see for yourself. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Our Delmarva Bucket List

Chincoteague

We have lived on Delmarva for about a year and a half now and we have done a lot. But, there is still a ton we have yet to do or see.

Like any good mom, I am making a to-do list.

1. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad: It really is important that my kids understand American history and appreciate what people endured and sacrificed for freedom. This is a must see for us.

2. Smith Island: It is remote and it has a delicious desert named after it. Need we say more? Well, it is said to be a great place to get off the grid. You can also stay in a B&B.

4. Tangier Island: I believe Tangier Island was the setting for a Patricia Cromwell book that I once read. It just sounds so remote and cool. It just feels adventurous. The island is also sinking into the bay. Word on the street is it will be swallowed up by the Chesapeake Bay in 20 years.

Chincoteague

5. Chincoteague: We fell in love on a day trip. It is worth staying over to really explore the town.

6. Berlin: People rave about it. We are told by many that it is the coolest small town in America.

7. Killen’s Pond: We went last year. It has water slides and a great pool. It also costs $4 to get in for the day. If you have more than one kid, this is a steal and well worth the trip. The food inside is pricey and service is a bit slow. They do not allow outside food and drinks.

8. Frontier Town: It is probably now or never for this one. The kids are still little enough to enjoy this kind of trip. This is also on the way to Assateague for us, so this will happen this summer.

 

Cape May-Lewes Ferry

9. The Ferry and a tour of Cape May, NJ. We love Cape May. We did the ferry once. But, it was hot and the kids were cranky. This time we will take our car on the boat, and make sure everyone is in a good mood before setting sail.

10. Fort Delaware State Park: Fort Delaware is on Pea Patch Island, near Delaware City. You can only get to the island by Ferry. It sounds neat, and we are always up for a good adventure.

 

 

 

What’s on Tap?

What’s on Tap?

It has been a busy week. Slower Lower isn’t so slow in the summer. The season has begun and that means all sorts of fun stuff is going on this weekend on Delmarva. We will be unable to partake as it is graduation season and we will be crossing over the bridge to see one of our beloved family members graduate from high school. We are hoping to see a little more of Delmarva during our quick road trip. So here it goes. This is kind of a short version of events.

Delaware:

Saturday, June 10th, Rehoboth Beach VegFest. We do not have all of the details so you are going to want to go to www.rehobothvegfest.org to get them. But, from what we have seen, it looks pretty neat. There will be a kids tent with a bounce house and arts and crafts from the Rehoboth Art League. There will Yoga for kindness, Tai Chi, Self-Love Mediation and sound healing. Parking is free and leashed dogs are welcome. Go get your calm on.

Saturday, June 10th, Beach goes Blue, Red, and White, too! So this event is put on by the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce and it celebrates police, military, fireman and other first responders. This event kicks off at 8 a.m with a 5k run and ends with a 10 p.m. light show on the beach. There will also be a good guy swearing in ceremony and a push-up contest. Want more details? Click here. If you served in the military or the police force, this event is tailor-made for you.

Saturday, June 10th, Sups for Pups. This event combines the two things most folks in Delaware love: dogs and water. SUPS for Pups benefits the Delaware SPCA, which is an awesome organization that is dedicated to eliminating animal cruelty, neglect, and overpopulation. The event takes place between 11 s.m. and 2 p.m. It offers paddle boarding clinics, demos, and pet-friendly vendors. Want more details? Click here.

Maryland:

Friday, June 9th, The Lovin Cup at The Globe, 7 PM – 10 PM. at The Globe at 12 Broad St., Berlin, Md. The Globe. Who doesn’t love music?

Friday, June 9, Saturday, June 10th, and Sunday, June 11th: The 2017 Chamber Music Festival in Easton heads into its second week. The festival, more than 30 years old, features classical and jazz music. It is more than 10 concerts over more than two weeks. Interested? Click here.

 

Virginia:

Friday, June 9th, Main Street Fun Fridays. This is hosted by the Historic Main Street Merchants of Chincoteague. It is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The fun can include anything from discount coupons to free appetizers to artists, musicians, games and more. We are not positive about what this is, but we can tell you this town is adorable and you will fall in love with its charm whether they offer you a coupon or not.

Saturday, June 10th, Nasa Wallops Visitors Center, will give you all the information you could possibly want on our solar system. We love science in our house and NASA is just plain cool. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. the facility is offering interactive activities. It is perfect for kids between the ages of 5 and 10.  At 2 p.m, NASA will offer a presentation for all ages on the sum, the planets, moons and dwarf planets. This presentation is for all ages and lasts about 30 minutes.

 

Have a great weekend! We hear the weather is supposed to be great this weekend. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Gordon Ramsay, Richard Petty, NASCAR and Autism come together in Dover

Dover International Speedway

 

Ok, NASCAR has never really been my thing. And I say this, having grown up, for the most part, half an hour away from Rockingham Motorspeedway in North Carolina.

It was very ironic, I know, that I would marry someone from Pennsylvania who loved of all things NASCAR. By osmosis, I now know a little bit about the sport. I have also been to a few races, including one at The Monster Mile in Dover. If you are going to see a race, Dover International Speedway and Martinsville International Speedway in Virginia are pretty nice venues to watch a race. They are smaller tracks and more intimate. You are so close that you can see the sparks come out from under the cars as they bottom out on the pavement.

This Sunday, June 4th, the AAA 400 Drive for Autism Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race returns to Dover International Speedway. The race starts at 1 p.m.

 

DOVER, DE -: A young NASCAR fan plays with toy NASCAR cars in the stands during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2015 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

The Monster Mile will also host Autism Awareness Day at the Races in its enclosed grandstand for the sixth straight year on Sunday, June 4. The event provides a sensory-friendly environment for children and families on the autism spectrum to enjoy the race and includes several driver and owner appearances. Want to learn more about Autism? Do you want to see how you can help kids with autism in Delaware? Click here.

If you know nothing else about racing, you will no doubt still recognize the name, Richard Petty. Yup, on Sunday, the former No. 43 will be at Dover International Speedway, too.

Petty, who coincidentally lives in the same town as my sister in North Carolina, is being honored before the race. My husband and my father-in-law have also met “The King” a few times. He is apparently a very nice man.

 

DOVER, DE – OCTOBER 02: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 2, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Petty, who turns 80, in July will also receive a special, custom birthday cake made to replicate the same 1969 Ford that he drove to victory lane in the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Monster Mile, the “Mason-Dixon 300” on July 6, 1969.

If your husband is a fan, but you are on the fence like me, perhaps you will enjoy seeing Gordon Ramsay. The 50-year-old British chef, who hosts “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The F Word,” will drop the green flag. He will give the command, minus the F-word, for the 40 drivers to start their engines.

Interested? A few tickets remain for the race. The track also offers a family section where alcohol and tobacco are not allowed. Tickets for adults are $84 each. Tickets for kids 12 and under are $10.

Interested in going? Dover is just about 45 minutes away from Rehoboth Beach. It is about 90 minutes from Ocean City, Md., and 90 minutes from Philadelphia and about two hours from Baltimore.

Want more information? Click here.