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What says spring better than kites on the beach? 
Photo by Alan Wilder
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Why Visit Southern Delaware?


In Southern Delaware we say Beaches are just the Beginning™...Find out why! Choose your guided tour - lots of cool tours are available - and discover all the fun, fascinating adventures that await just beyond our beaches! Just click the link below:


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History & Heritage
     
     Southern Delaware has as many museums as it does miles of Atlantic shoreline (26 to be precise!) 
     Their dynamic exhibits bring the area's history to life with stories of shipwrecks, pirates and their booty, storms, political intrigue, and tales of early life here. Want to learn more? Click here...

Sampling of Current Exhibits

Made in Milton: Milton Historical Society Museum: From quilts to watercolor and acrylic paints, the residents of Milton have a knack for crafting beautiful, intricate and handmade items for decoration and home use.  This exhibit will highlight these talented novice and professional artisans from 1859-2018. Exhibit runs February 23, 2018 - May 26. 

Discovering Delaware's Maritime Past display at Zwaanendael Museum explores the DeBraak, a shipwrecked 18th-century British warship including a photo of the hull recovery, reproductions of items aboard ship, and a model of the vessel.

A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World Exhibit at Zwaanendael Museum utilizes artifacts recovered from His Majesty's Sloop of War DeBraak, a British warship that sank off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798 to tell the story of the vessel, its crew and the historical context within which it operated in the Atlantic World of the late 18th century.

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Savor the Flavors of Southern Delaware at our local Farmers Markets!

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For Educators & Homeschoolers:
Southern Delaware Field Trips


     Southern Delaware is chock full of exciting (and fun!) learning opportunities for all grade levels.
    
     Teachers and homeschooling parents will find lots of great educational resources right here, just an easy drive from everywhere in the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.

     From Science & Nature to History and The Arts, there's lots to learn in Southern Delaware, and with our Field Trip Passport, kids can earn prizes, too! 

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In Southern Delaware April is About Flip Flop Weather, Flowers, Food, Festivals, and Lots More!
Celebrate Tulips in Lewes in April...All 20,000+ of them! 

     
     April is a do-not-miss month in Southern Delaware, both for the soft spring sea breezes and the festivals and events that happen here throughout the next 30 days. In April we celebrate tulips, jeeps, food (of course, this IS the Culinary Coast™) brews, bacon, birds, bugs, buds, and on and on... 
      
     At Southern Delaware Tourism, our job is to make finding your favorite kind of fun easy for you. (We really love our job!) So b elow are some April highlights. You'll find even more on our calendar,   Our Culinary Coast™ restaurant listings are 
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Look them over - then book yourself a cozy room and you're all set. 

          Finally, l ike  us on  Facebook  or follow us on  Twitter  (or do both!) and check us out on Instagram to keep up with all the latest happenings in Southern Delaware. Hint: Every Tuesday we post events through the weekend to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you won't miss a thing if you follow us! 

Sincerely,

Scott, Tina, and Lana
Southern Delaware Tourism

P.S.  Scroll down to print out our April 
Recipe 
from fabulous  Culinary CoastChef  Tom Kramer  o f
Lefty's Alley and Eats  in Lewes.  Tom  is  sharing his recipe for 
Hummus, just in time for Spring snacking on the porch! 
And the winners are...
Southern Delaware Tourism Congratulates the winners in our 
2018 Photo/Video Contest!
And a huge  THANK YOU to everyone who entered.

Grand Prize Winner is Alan Wilder of Pikesville MD
    
Arts and Entertainment Winner is Sky Box Scotty of Milton DE

Southern Delaware Downtowns Winner is Jim Bowden of Georgetown DE
 
Playtime Winner is Louis Mason of Newark_ DE

Festivals and Events Winner is Barb Moulinier of Rehoboth Beach DE

Video Winner is Amanda Williams of Virginia

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for info on Summer '18 mini photo contests! Don't follow us yet? Just click here...
Lewes Tulip Celebration
Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 15

 

The Lewes Chamber of Commerce's ninth annual Lewes Tulip Celebration will be blossoming on April 6-15, 2018, with special events planned throughout.  Read more here...
Lewes TWO-Lips Culinary Week
Friday, April 6 - Thursday, April 12

Each participating restaurant will identity a "specialty" menu item that will be available from Friday, April 6 - Thursday, April 12. Patrons who order this special item and fill out a raffle form will be entered to win the grand prize including a two-night stay at the Dogfish Inn (date restrictions apply) along with gift certificates and merchandise donated by the participating restaurants.  Read more here .  
Party at the Pond Family Jeep Jamboree
Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14


Food Trucks - Vendors - Live Music
50/50 - Door Prizes - Raffle
Youth Fishing Tournament
Wagon Rides
Jeeps Not Required ~ Family Friendly
Spectators Encouraged ~ Park Fees Apply  Read more here...
Coastal Delaware Running Festival
Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22

Race Highlights:  NEW FOR 2018! 9k, Half & Full will Start and Finish on Rehoboth Boardwalk. 5k in Dewey Beach on Saturday and weekend combined Challenge Runs. 
Boston Qualifier.
RRCA Delaware State Marathon Championship. 
Big Finisher Medals for Full, Half, 9k & 5k!
Special Gift for all 9k, Half & Full Marathoners and Challenge Runs!
Scenic, Flat & Fast Course 
Read more here...
Delaware Seashore Lighthouse Weekend
Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22
Enjoy a full weekend exploring the Delaware coast and learning about some of the historic lighthouses, life-saving stations, and maritime history of the area. The package includes a two night stay at the cottages on Indian River Inlet and an itinerary of lighthouse and maritime heritage tours and presentations.  Read more here... 
9th Annual Dewey Beach Brewfest
Saturday, April 21


Over 30 craft breweries will be pouring their flagships, spring seasonal and one offs again! Yes, Pressing Strings will be playing jams on the deck. Yes' it's all for a great cause.  
Dewey Beach/Rehoboth Beach Bacon Fest
Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22

For the love Of Bacon Do NOT miss this event. Over 20 restaurants will offer amazing Bacon Creations during this epic Spring weekend. (1) Day Passes are available. However, If your love bacon, go both days... Read more here...
Delaware LGBT CINE-Brations
Thursday, April 26 - Sunday, April 29

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to continue it's "Delaware LGBT CINE-brations" series beginning April 26th and running through April 29.  Listed below are the films scheduled to date: SIGNATURE MOVE Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM B&B Friday, April 27 at 7:00 PM   JUST CHARLIE Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM   HEARTLAND Saturday, April 28 at 4:30 PM   BONES OF CONTENTION Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 PM   MY SON IS GAY Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 PM   REBELS ON POINTE Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 PM.  Read more here... 
Dewey Beach Treasure Fest Community Yard Sale
Saturday, April 28
 
The biggest and best outdoor community yard sale happens right here in Dewey Beach at the Spring Treasure Fest. Visit our multi-vendor yard sale at Highway One and Dickinson Street in the Rusty Rudder parking lot, then grab a map, follow the signs and hunt down your treasures at yard sales at properties around Dewey Beach!  Read more here...
15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival
Thursday, April 26 - Sunday, April 29

Join the fun at the 15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival along Walnut St., Front Streets and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic downtown Milford, Delaware. The Bug & Bud Festival serves as a celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Milford's designation as a Tree City U.S.A. and Milford's role in the ladybug's designation as the State Bug of Delaware. Festival highlights are the traditional Ladybug and Tree, costumed parade for both kids and pets, diverse local entertainment throughout the day, 100 plus arts & crafts vendors, a fabulous Kid's Korner, a children's art show and "green-themed" nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways and  flower plantings.  Popular attractions include paddle boat rides, multiple children's games, a Chalk Art contest and more.  Read more here... 
Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend
Thursday, April 26 - Sunday, April 29
 
The Delmarva Birding Weekends celebrate the best of year-round birding and wildlife watching on the Delmarva Peninsula. Field trips by boat, kayak, and on foot take place in the land and water that feed into the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and the Atlantic coastal bays. More than 400 bird species have been recorded on the peninsula.  Read more here...
Fort Miles: Delaware Goes to War - Victory in Europe
Saturday, April 28
 
On May 8, 1945 the allies declared victory in Europe in World War II. Fort Miles will celebrate the victory in our annual living history event. See firing demonstrations, learn about garrison life at Fort Miles, see guest speakers, live music, and watch a recreation of the surrender of U-858.  Read more here...
What else is happening in April? Well...

     Lots! Just check out all the activities at our museums, theaters, galleries. art leagues, and entertainment venues! Some offerings are listed below and you'll find lots more when you check our calendar  too - plus you'll find all the date and time info you need there. 
     April is a great month for the arts in Southern Delaware. Visual arts, performing arts, you name it, we've got it.  Clear Space Theatre's  presents  The Wizard of Oz... T here's always a packed schedule and a great selection of  entertainment at The Milton Theatre including Del Angels, Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Glimmer Twins Rolling Stones Tribute, The Quando Swing with Rosemary Loar and a whole lot more. The Possum Point Players present  Hello Dolly  and Milford's Second Street Players   present  The  Elephant Man
        Don't forget to  check out the numerous ongoing exhibits at local art galleries and art leagues this month.  See their websites in the sidebar. 
      

     Delaware Seashore State ParkCape Henlopen State Park,Trap Pond State ParkAbbott's Mill Nature Center, Dupont Nature Center, Bethany Beach Nature Center and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge   all offer  activities this month, so make sure to check out their websites, or our calendar link (above). Direct links to each park is in the sidebar.
Culinary Coast™ Recipe
Hummus
Executive Chef Tom Kramer
Lewes

Ingredients: 
1 quart drained chick peas                                          
1/3 cup honey                                                  
3/4 tbl minced garlic                                        
3/4 tbl ground coriander                               
3/4 tbl ground cumin                                      
1/4 tsp cayenne                                                                
1 tbl tahini                                                           
3/4 tbl sesame oil                                             
3 oz evoo                                                                           
1/2 each lemons zested                                                
1/4 cup lemon juice                                       
1/3 cups warm water                                     
Salt and pepper to taste               

Combine all ingredients except water using immersion blender or robot coupe. Puree ingredients until smooth- slowly add water as necessary. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add salt and pepper to preferred taste. Best served with a side of warmed pita bread.

Tom Kramer, Executive Chef of Lefty's Alley and Eats, was born and  raised in Greenwood, Delaware. He has worked doing different styles of cooking from corporate to casual fine dining and has run or assisted in a variety of kitchens including Ramshead Tavern, multiple outlets in Dover Downs, Nage and Nage Catering and now his home is the upscale pub food of Lefty's Alley and Eats. This is his favorite type of food to cook and  he enjoys shocking people with the quality of food that can be produced inside a bowling alley and family entertainment center. 
For a printable version of this recipe, 
For more information, visit us at www.visitsoutherndelaware.com or call 800-357-1818.
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Georgetown, Delaware 19947
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