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Lightship Overfalls

Canal Park in Lewes, DE. has got to be one the best parks on Delmarva. It has nearly everything. It has basketball. It has tennis courts. It has a playground with a shade covering. (Thank you!) It has a baseball diamond. It has the canal. It has a fishing pier. But best of all, it has Lightship Overfalls.

What exactly is the Lightship Overfalls?

It is a floating museum that was painstakingly restored by the community. Actually, it was once a floating lighthouse. This particular ship was in service in the New England area between the 1930s up until it was taken out of service in 1972. The ship was given to the Lewes Historical Society by the U.S. Coast Guard and was eventually taken over by the Overfalls Foundation.

The kids and I had wanted to check out the ship, but every time we went to the park it was always out of season. So we had to wonder what the Lightship Overfalls was all about and admire it from afar.

Then at the spur of the moment, we decided to head over to Lewes and Canal Park. This time, the Lightship Overalls was open. We were in business. We chatted with a nice lady in the tiny gift shop, jotted down our name in a book, paid our $5 and headed on board the Overfalls.

It was money well spent. We were paired with a docent, a. local volunteer, who gave us the tour. He walked us through the ship, which was primarily used nearly a century ago. We walked down the metal steps from the deck to the sleeping quarters and the mess hall. Everything on the ship looked as though maybe those who served just got up and walked away.

The kids loved it and the docent was great. He answered each and every one of their many, many questions. We got to see where the crew washed their laundry, ate their meals, showered. We even learned that they had to sleep to the endless sound of a siren. I cannot imagine.

Then we headed up to the control room, where the docent let my son and daughter ring the bell. They were thrilled. Then we walked to the back of the boat, where I snapped pictures of the kids next to the life preservers on the boat. We looked out over the canal and then headed off the boat to play in Canal Park.

If you find yourself in Lewes or Cape Henlopen State Park between Memorial Day and early October, be sure to check out Lightship Overfalls. If you are interested in Maritime history, or if you just like boats. It is a cool little museum on the canal. The docents are great. The kids loved listening to the volunteers recount history. It also gets your kids off their devices, out in the fresh air and learning a little bit about history. For us, that is a win, win, and a win.

Here is what you need to know if you plan on going:

  • The ship is open Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend every day, but Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • After Labor Day, the ship is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until early October.
  • If you want to take a group tour out-of-season, think a class trip or some such, contact the volunteers at the foundation. Here is a link to their website. Click here.
  • Parking is free at Canal Park.
  • Admission is $5.
  • Bring your camera or phone for photo opportunities.
  • Enjoy!

 

Broadkill Beach: small, quiet and welcoming

Delaware Bay

 

When we decided we were moving to Slower Lower Delaware instead of “upstate” Delaware, the kids and I drove to Sussex County and met my husband and a realtor just outside of Milton.

We had been to Rehoboth Beach twice in the nearly two decades that we lived outside of Baltimore. Although we were on Coastal Highway, I had no idea where we were.

The kids and I had to drive back to Maryland that day. It was my job to sell them on moving to Delaware. The beach would make a great selling point. I did not realize how close we were to Rehoboth Beach or Lewes’ beach. I saw a sign for Broadkill Beach and drove in that direction. We passed over Route 1, a.k.a. Coastal Highway, and headed down a country road that led to Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and then to Broadkill Beach, a sanctuary for the Horseshoe Crab.

It was fall, October actually, we parked the car and my kids ran up a mountain of sand and then down to the beach. They kicked off their shoes and ran into the water. It could literally be 20 degrees and these kids would go swimming in the ocean if you let them. Actually, at Broadkill Beach, you are swimming in the Delaware Bay.

We met a very nice lady and her young son. After talking to her for a while, I was convinced that moving to Delaware and living near the beach would not be so bad after all.

Since moving to Delaware, we have been to Broadkill Beach many times. It is laid back, low-key and virtually stress-free.

Want to have a bonfire on the beach? Broadkill Beach is unincorporated. Want to bring your dog? As far as we could tell, that seems to be Ok.

We have sometimes been in downtown Milton and have decided to pop over to Broadkill Beach. We don’t have to fight beach traffic. The beach isn’t crowded like some of the other beaches in the area. There is a tiny sandy lot to park across the street from the Broadkill store. We have never had trouble finding a spot. There are beach houses that line the shore. Those lucky people have peace and quiet and the bay to look out at.

If I ever had a family get together or reunion I would love to rent one of those houses. I would have a bonfire and New England-style clam bake on the beach. It really is like having a private beach. One day, I may do it just to do it.

A flag waves over Broadkill Beach, Delaware on the Delaware Bay.

Everyone at this beach is super nice. I met a lady from the Philadelphia suburbs. I believe I know her entire life’s story. She told me that the bay is not deep at all. She said that her kids walked way out and could still touch the bottom.

I will take her word for it. I am more of a float kind of gal and I will stick close to shore.

A few beach houses line the shores of Broadkill Beach, DE. The beach has a very private feel to it.

If you are looking for some laid back, seriously no hassle, kind of off the grid sort of beach fun, consider Broadkill Beach, it is as low-key as it gets.

Broadkill Beach is a horseshoe crab sanctuary. The crabs make their way onto the shore to mate.

If you, or your kids, are into science and biology. Who isn’t? Broadkill Beach is also a horseshoe crab sanctuary. Unfamiliar with the mighty horseshoe crab? No worries.

The horseshoe crab is one of the oldest animals on earth. Up close they look a little intimidating. Although they are “crabs,” they have more in common with the spider, biologically speaking, than other crabs. The horseshoe crabs also have blue blood. Weird, huh? The blood is considered valuable and used in the biomedical field.

The people who live in Milton. Love the horseshoe crab. They also like to help each other out. It comes as no surprise they would encourage beachgoers to help the crab if it gets turned over.

Horseshoe crabs tend to get tossed around by the waves and can easily get flipped over onto their backs. When they do they could die. So, be kind. If you see one struggling on its back. Flip it back over onto its belly. Just don’t touch its tale, because you will hurt it if you do.

Oh, and if you happen to flip one of the horseshoe crabs back over. You will be a hero to your kids because you saved the crab.

Want to learn more about the Horseshoe Crab?  Click here.

Want to learn more about Broadkill Beach, why not take a road trip? It is just off Route 1 South, or Coastal Highway in Milton, DE.  Enjoy!

Broadkill Beach is great. Just don’t forget to take your trash.

 

Welcome to The Nation’s Summer Capital

Welcome to the Nation’s Summer Capital

As you drive into Rehoboth Beach, DE., a sign greets you letting you know this is “The Nation’s Summer Capital.” Yup. Think the Hamptons for the Washington, D.C. crowd. This vibrant beach town is growing in popularity and is no longer the sleepy destination it once was. It has become pretty cosmopolitan.

Rehoboth Beach is located about a two and half hour drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. If you are not interested in driving, you can pick up a DART bus in Wilmington, DE and avoid the beach traffic altogether. If you are heading down from New York or New Jersey, you can take your car on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which drops you off in Lewes, six miles from Rehoboth Beach. It really is easy to get here.

 

Where to stay

Rehoboth Beach is unlike other beach towns because there are not a lot of hotels. If you are planning a trip here, you need to rent a house. The town is a series of charming cottages and beautiful estate-like retreats. House tours are very popular here. If you are looking for a beach rental check with Jack Lingo Real Estate. They handle most of the beach rentals in Rehoboth Beach. Although probably not the most kid-friendly option, The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel is magnificent. If you are doing a couples-only vacation, this hotel offers beautiful views and a Victorian setting. You will feel pampered. The Bellmoor Inn and Spa is also a good option.  Both hotels are upscale with a historic feel. If you are looking to unwind with children and beach house rental is your best bet.

Where to eat

Rehoboth Beach is a foodie’s town. This is the town where sous chefs from D.C. come and open their own restaurants. You really cannot go wrong with almost any restaurant you pick, but most of the restaurants are catering to sophisticated pallets. If you traveling with kids, here is a list of kid-friendly places to eat:

  • Arena’s offers burgers, salads and other fare in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Louie’s Pizza. My kids love their pizza and fries. They are also less than a block from the boardwalk.
  • GrandPa (Mac) offers whatever kind of pasta you can dream up, and of course, everybody’s favorite Mac and Cheese.
  • The Green Turtle offers pub fare and beach views. Your kids can be kids here. So you can relax.
  • Obie’s by the Sea. We are talking burgers, hot dogs and fries and steamed shrimp. If you go here, you are going for the ocean view and a quick escape if you have cranky kids.

If it is just you and your significant other, you can’t really go wrong with just about any restaurant in downtown. But, here are some romantic spots to consider.

  • Victoria’s at the Boardwalk Plaza. I plan on taking my husband there for his birthday. You can sit outside while you listen to someone play steel drums or the guitar. Think white linens and water goblets. It oozes romance.
  • DiFebo’s on Baltimore Avenue offers Italian fare in a street café setting. It lacks ocean views, but the open-air setting will make you feel like you are at a café in Paris or New York.
  • Fin’s Fish House & Raw Bar on Rehoboth Avenue because who comes to the beach and doesn’t eat fish? Vegetarians. Sorry. Go to Fin’s if you would like seafood.

What to do

You can ride bikes on Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in the morning. Great way to start your morning.

The better question is what can’t you do in Rehoboth Beach? You can, of course, play on the beach. Rehoboth Beach is one of the cleanest beaches in the country. Rehoboth Beach and nearby Dewey Beach have been recognized by the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, as being among the top 13 Superstar beaches for their perfect swimming water quality.  You can rent bicycles right on the boardwalk at Atlantic Cycles. Rehoboth Beach allows bikes to be ridden on the board walk between the hours of 8 am and 10 am. May 15th through Sept. 15th.

You can check out the beach arcades. Skee Ball is plentiful on the boardwalk. You can see a show at Clear Space Theatre. It is one block away from the boardwalk. Each summer, the theatre brings in actors and actresses from New York City to perform shows such as “A Chorus Line,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Legally Blonde.” They even offer one-week theatre camps for kids. My daughter did the 101 Dalmatians camp. She loved it.

If you have a YMCA membership, stop by the Sussex Family YMCA for some pool or gym time. They even offer yoga on the beach, Monday through Friday, at 8 a.m. in front of the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel.

No trip to Rehoboth Beach would be complete without visiting Funland. Funland has it all: Skee ball, bumper cars, a haunted mansion, Superflip and boats and similar rides for smaller kids. Tickets for rides are 35 cents each. You can pick up a book of 50 tickets for $15. We rode the bumper cars the other night. It cost of 5 tickets per person, or $1.50 each. If you have multiple kids, Funland is a bargain.

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy yourself. As they say in Rehoboth, “Relax, you are at the beach.”

 

 

 

 

 

What’s On Tap?

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Last week, we became the tourists and headed out of Delmarva and on up to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. Sometimes, you just have to discover something else besides Delmarva. Our apologies. We also experienced a few technical difficulties. Summer is in full swing, and if you are in need of some ideas to get the most out of it here are just a few coming up this week on Delmarva. We are going to include some events that are happening through the week, because, well, why not?

Delaware

Saturday, July 22nd, The Seafood & Arts Festival is from 10 am to 6 pm at Delaware Seashore State Park at 39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Sunday, July 23rd, Darrius RuckerDelaware State Fair. The show is from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm I have only heard Darrius Rucker’s country stuff a few times, but I once saw him play with Hootie and The Blowfish at Elon University. It was a great show.

Monday, July 24th, Gabriel Iglesias,  Delaware State Fair at 8 pm to 10 pm 18500 S Dupont Hwy, Harrington, Delaware 19952. Go see Gabriel Iglesias in case you are in need of a laugh.

 

Maryland

Saturday, July 22nd, The Peach-Fuzztival. Get it? Hosted by the Ocean Pines Farmers’ Market 239 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Maryland 21811. The event will also feature music and other entertainment.

Sunday, July 23rd, Greese, the movie starts at 8:30 pm at Stephen Decatur Park and Town of Berlin Maryland. The park is located at Tripoli St. & Route 113 in Berlin. Long for simpler times? Go see Greese.

 Thursday, July 27th,  Next Generation at Richardson Maritime Museum.
This is a historical event. The event is from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. The Richardson Maritime Museum is located at 401 High St., Cambridge
Virginia

Sunday, July 23rd, The 92nd Annual Chincoteague VFD Carnival and Pony Penning. The carnival is from 7 am until 11 pm

Monday, July 24th, at 6 am Pony Beach Walk in Chincoteague. In preparation for Wednesday’s Pony Swim, at day break, the Saltwater Cowboys will move the ponies from the Northern Corral out to the beachfront then south along the Atlantic Ocean. Be at the Assateague Beach by 6 am Park in the beachfront parking lots and follow the crowds.

Thursday, July 27th, The Pony Auction. The auction begins at 8 am. The auction takes place at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival.

 

Disney classics, the boardwalk and Rehoboth beach

Hand Drawn by Hannah Bellistri

One of the things that amazed me when we moved to Delmarva was just how vibrant the arts community is. People on Delmarva really love art. Who knew there was so much culture at the beach?

In Dover, the Biggs Museum is a must-see stop. They recently had an Ansel Adams exhibit. It has more furniture than paintings, but it is still an unexpected gem in the middle of Delmarva. Sadly, the Schwartz Center closed in downtown Dover. I was fortunate enough to tour the building before it did. It is magnificent. Hopefully, someone with an entrepreneurial mind and spirit will reopen the Schwartz and turn it into an enterprise that matches the grand building.

Pinocchio and Snow White at Clear Space Theatre at Rehoboth Beach

Further South, Sussex County has art galleries, a film society, craftsman who make furniture and jewelry, photographers who take some of the most amazing wildlife still photographs I have ever seen and live theatre. Sussex County has a lot to offer in the dramatic arts department. In the western part of the county, there is Possum Point Players in Georgetown. Then, there is the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre. Last, but far from least, there is Clear Space Theatre. Full disclosure, I am partial to Clear Space. I have ties there. The work they do is well-regarded and the people involved in the theatre are nothing short of amazing. The theatre also is located on the same block as the Atlantic Ocean in Rehoboth Beach. That is not too shabby.

So what’s my point? Well, this blog is about discovering fun things to do for families either living on Delmarva or for families who are just visiting.

If you have kids and you happen to live or visit Sussex County, Clear Space Theatre has a neat program on Saturdays throughout the summer. They are offering kids’ shows for $5. Children are encouraged to come sit on stage while they watch the show.

hand drawn coloring page by local artist Hannah Bellistri

  • Every Saturday at 11 a.m., the theatre will perform either Pinocchio or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The company will alternate shows. Admission is $5. 

I have three kids. That is a steal. I cannot get out of a movie theater for less than $100. I am very excited about the prospect of taking my kids to these shows. Here is what I plan: Pack up the car, or maybe give DART a try, go see the show, afterward get a little lunch on the boardwalk, then play at the beach.  If we take the bus, I do not have to worry about driving or parking in Rehoboth Beach. Win, Win, Win. Here is a link to the bus schedule. If you have driven in beach traffic, the bus may just save your sanity.

Clear Space also has children’s summer camps. The kids in the camps also will perform free shows on Friday throughout the summer. My daughter is signed up for 101 Dalmatians. Those performances also are at 11 a.m. on Fridays. My sons watched my daughter at rehearsal this week. They wanted to stay and watch the show. I was impressed. They wanted to stay and watch the show.

Here is the lineup of  the free shows:

July 14:  101 Dalmatians  11:00 am and Noon
July 21:  The Lion King Experience  11:00 am and Noon
July 28:  Witches Britches Rings & Things 11:00 am and Noon
August 4:  High School Musical 11:00 am and 12:30 pm
August 11: Hairspray 11:00 am and 12:30 pm

The Little Mermaid Musical is performed at Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach

The Little Mermaid also just opened at Clear Space. We missed opening night, but we saw the second performance on July 6th. It was amazing. My three kids sat quietly through the entire show and that is saying a lot. They were thoroughly entertained. The show is visually stunning. The eels light up and Ursula is spot on. If you are visiting and have kids or grandkids, I would recommend taking them to this show. They also will have a chance to meet Ariel after the show, where she will hand out coloring pages for The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, and Snow White. The coloring sheets were hand drawn by a local artist, Hannah Bellistri.

Hannah Bellistri, Sussex County artist.

If you are looking for something to do with the little ones while visiting the beach, this is worth checking out.

 

What’s on Tap?

It is Friday night. We are way, way behind in posting what is going on this weekend. Summer is most assuredly in full swing. A LOT of people are visiting this week. We are starting to wonder if this is really slower lower. It’s been a little busier than usual. Perhaps that is because half of New Jersey decided to visit. We don’t blame them. The beaches here are beautiful. They are open and they are free. Nope. You don’t need badges here. We also have a great governor. He is really very nice. No lie. We have met him. Anyway, if you procrastinate or you just want some ideas of different things to do during your visit here are some options.

Delaware

Saturday, July 8th: The 37th Annual Sandcastle Contest. The contest starts at 9:30 p.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at Delaware Seashore State Park. The park is located between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. The annual Sandcastle Contest at the South Inlet Day Area. There will be a professional sand sculptor demonstration, beach-themed crafts and activities for children, the 50th-anniversary park history exhibit, and a special demo put on by the State Park Beach Patrol! The whole event (including contest entry) is free to the public with paid park entry! For more information, call (302) 227-6991. This is a bargain and your kids will love it.

Saturday, July 8th: The 23rd Annual Nanticoke Riverfest. This is an all day event in Seaford and it sounds like fun. It starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up around 9 p.m. There are canoe and kayak races, float-ins, a car show and a youth fishing tournament. It seriously sounds like there is a bit if something for everyone. We may have to check this out.

Sunday, July 9th, Moon Circle is being hosted by Dimitra Yoga.  Yoga, Singing Bowls, Shamanic Ceremony, Meditation, and Bonfire. This event is $35. It runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Lewes Beach on Savannah Road, just across from the Dairy Queen. The special Moon Circle gatherings are timed with the phases of the moon so you can experience first-hand the transformational energies of our celestial neighbor. Attuning yourself to the phases of the moon can become a powerful touchstone for setting intentions, navigating the stresses of tumultuous times, and for discovering NEW actions that you can to support yourself and the world you so deeply care about.

Maryland

Sunday, July 9th, Maryland Dove visits the Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumThe Maryland Dove, Historic St. Mary’s Floating Ambassador.   This event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum at213 N Talbot St, Saint Michaels, Md. The Maryland Dove arrived at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Thursday, July 6, and can be seen out on the Miles River and dockside through Monday, July 10. Local school groups will be touring the ship, with Dove open for boarding to all CBMM guests from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 8 – 10. Free public access will be available on July 8 from 5 – 8:00 pm.

Sunday, July 9th, Berlin Concert on the Lawn _ Chesapeake Brass Band. This event is hosted by the town of Berlin. The concert is being held at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum at 208 N. Main St., Berlin.

Sunday, July 9th, Full Moon Yoga.  Hosted by Assateague Island Alliance (AIA) The event is being held from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Experience Assateague’s peaceful surroundings, clear your mind and exercise your body while the full moon rises over the ocean. Practice is led by our amazing instructor Chrissy Ehrhart of Zenna Wellness Studio. Free but park entrance fees are in effect. All levels welcome! BYO beach towel, insect repellent is recommended just in case. Meet at the shade pavilion in North Beach parking lot. 6633 Bayberry Dr. Berlin, MD 21811 If you can’t make it this Sunday they will have two more sessions this summer! August 7 at 8 pm and September 7 at 7 pm. Very zen.

Virginia

Saturday, July 8th, Chincoteague Island KOA, Christmas in July, noon until 6 p.m. Spend time with Santa poolside and snap your holiday vacation photo. Trim a palm tree to make him feel at home while he’s away. Enjoy a fireside Christmas story with S’mores for the kids, and decorate your campsite for the Christmas decorating contest. All in all, this will be a great family fun weekend to help spread the yuletide cheer this summer while Santa is on vacation! KOA will be collecting canned foods to donate to a local charity this weekend as well!

Saturday, July 8th, Star gazing at Wise Point Boat Ramp! Hosted by Eastern Shore of VA and Fisherman Island NWR. This event is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Telescopes will be provided for visitors to view stars and planets. Feel free to bring your own. Bring bug spray as well. This event is Free and open to all ages. The event is going to be held at 32205 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Va.

Sunday, July 8th, Art in a Barn by Experimental Film Virginia. Hosted by Art Soaked Weekends.   This event is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This is being held at Bill Parr’s Seaview Creek Farm at 24021 Seaside Road, Cape Charles, Va. 23310.  Live Music & Performances with special guests. Local Food, Wine, Beer for purchase. Tickets $10, free admission 18 and under (includes performances, one drink ticket, and free wine tasting). Rain or Shine. 6 PM-10 PM (757.331.GEAR)

This is a casual event, takes place at a 100-year-old restored barn. Come ready to enjoy picnic-style food with local wines and beers featured at our cash bar. Meet people from the Virginia Oyster Trail, the Virginia Film Office as well as special guests. Performances happen throughout the evening featuring the international and local talent of Experimental Film Virginia including Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer (presenting the interactive media and dance film piece called “Truck”), Italian artist Stefano Giorgi, Virginia Opera’s Ann Carolyn-Bird, Italian dance company Balletto Teatro di Torino and harpist Federica Magliano.

It is a great chance to mix and mingle with all the artists of Experimental Film Virginia, in residence for two weeks making films in and around Cape Charles on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

So, if you are looking something that goes beyond the boardwalk or the beach here are but a few suggestions. Have a great weekend.

 

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!