Most of the big events for 2020 continue to be cancelled, as health concerns over COVID-19 still dominate the conversation around Delaware and the rest of the country.
But while large mass gatherings aren’t taking place this year, there are still plenty of ways to be entertained here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
As we mentioned in last week’s blog, the rides at Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk are now open for the season, but you will need to obtain a two hour pass in advance before heading to the park. Visit www.funlandrehoboth.com to reserve your spot today.
Down the coast a bit in Ocean City, Trimper’s Rides on the Boardwalk is also open with several new rides and attractions premiering for the 2020 Summer Season. Plenty of other family friendly attractions throughout the resort are also open for the summer.
And the beach certainly isn’t going anywhere! Regardless of what may be troubling you, there’s nothing like a whiff of that pure salt air or the sound of the crashing waves to make all those cares just melt away.
While we realize this summer is different than most, a good number of local shops and restaurants are still open for business and there’s plenty to see and do in Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region.
We encourage you to get out and explore, and support our locally owned and operated businesses in whatever you can. That way, they can get through 2020 and come back stronger than ever in 2021.
Okay, let’s move on to today’s blog and highlight a few of the things on tap for the next few days at and near the beaches.
82nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibition (July 17-18). The Rehoboth Art League (RAL) kicks off its 82nd annual fine arts exhibition this Friday, July 17, at the Corkran and Tubbs Galleries located at the organization’s Henlopen Acres campus.
The announcement of awards will take place at 6 p.m., after which all works of art created by art league members can be viewed by members of the public.
All RAL member artists are again invited to showcase their artwork created in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, with more than 125 participating in this year’s event.
This year’s RAL exhibition will run through Sunday, August 23, with the public invited to view the many pieces of art at various times throughout the next few weeks.
NOTE: Both the opening reception on Friday night and the live “gallery talk” event on Saturday night have been cancelled.
Visit www.rehobothartleague.org for more information on this year’s fine arts exhibition.
Freeman Stage Shows (July 16-19). After last weekend’s successful 2020 opening, the popular Freeman Stage is back this weekend with several more events scheduled for the public.
Things kick off on Thursday, July 16, with an appearance by “Red Sky Dawn,” followed up on Friday evening by Jesse Garron’s popular tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley.
Two shows are scheduled for Saturday, July 18. “Silly Joe Sings” takes the stage in the afternoon, followed by local favorite “The Eddie Sherman Show Featuring Peggy Raley & The True Blue Jazz All-Stars” in the evening.
Please keep in mind that all 2020 shows require that masks or cloth face coverings be worn upon entry, exit and when moving around the venue. You may, however, remove your mask once you’re in your designated seating area.
For more on these shows, to order tickets and for everything else happening this year at the Freeman Stage, visit www.freemanstage.org.
Milton Theatre Shows (July 17-19). Another option for some great local entertainment this week can be found in historic downtown Milton, where the spectacular Milton Theatre is showcasing three more days of great family fun in coastal Delaware.
The theatre is being turned over to the kids on Friday afternoon, with two offerings of “Disney’s Frozen Kids Camp,” one at 12 p.m., and the second two hours later at 2 p.m. All children 12 years of age and younger are admitted to the show for free.
The sounds of the legendary Beatles take over the theatre on Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m. The “Beatles Cafe” is a musical tribute performed by many of the Milton Theatre’s favorite performers.
The weekend wraps up on Sunday, July 19, with a “Jazz & Blues Open Jam,” beginning at 3 p.m.
Keep in mind that theatre capacity is currently limited to 30 percent due to social distancing requirements. So if you want to attend one of the above shows, get your tickets as soon as possible.
Visit www.miltontheatre.com for much more on all of this weekend’s scheduled shows and performances.
Lewes Legends Walking Tour (July 19). For an eerie evening tour through historic Lewes, join members of the Lewes Historical Society this Sunday, July 19, for an invigorating walking tour.
The tour runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will depart from the historic Ryves Holt House downtown. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights along to enhance the experience.
Due to the content, organizers recommend that children under the age of 8 not come along for this particular tour.
Tickets are $15, or $12 for historical society members. Students with ID and children under 12 are $5 each.
Visit www.historiclewes.org for much more on this and other tours offered this summer by the Lewes Historical Society.
Movies on the Beach/Lefty’s (July 16-20). Outdoor movies continue in the coming days, both on the beach in Dewey and at Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes.
The next “movie on the beach” offering in Dewey will be on Monday, July 20, beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Next Monday’s selection is the 2019 live action remake of Disney’s “Aladdin.”
Movies in Dewey are held on the beach at Dagsworthy Avenue.
At the outdoor theater at Lefty’s in Lewes, this weekend’s selections are “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Thursday, “Beauty and the Beast on Friday, “The Exorcist” on Saturday and Clear Space Theatre’s production of “The Little Mermaid” on Sunday.
Visit www.iloveleftys.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
And whatever you plan on doing this weekend, have a great time here in the coastal region.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!