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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

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes is currently exhibiting "Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914." The exhibit features 15 paintings - eight works by Orville Houghton Peets (1884-1968) and seven works by his wife Ethel Canby Peets (1877-1955). Also displayed are an assemblage of painting materials used by the noted Delaware artists including paint brushes and palettes. Exhibit through December 2017.

Public Improvements, an exhibit focused on the development of Milford's Police Department and Water & Light Commission, transportation, and early surveying of the town will be at the Milford Museum, 121 S. Walnut Street, until November 18, 2017.

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.

The Milton Historical Society presents a new exhibit "Paradise Frost: Milton's Frozen History." The exhibit explores a number of topics related to the theme of frozen--including the ice harvesting industry of the early twentieth century, led by notable Miltonian James "Handy" Prettyman and ice cream manufacturing. Artifacts span the 18th through 20th centuries. Through May 29th.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is hosting its 7th Annual Needlework Exhibit. On view are about 100 works of needle art, including samplers, counted cross stitch, needlepoint and three-dimensional needlework known as stumpwork. Subjects range from puppies to mermaids, lighthouses and a replica of a Monopoly board. Admission is by donation. Hours are Friday 10-4, Saturday and Sunday 11-3. Call (302) 227-7310 for information. Through May 21st.

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     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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May is an Awesome Month to Stay & Play in Southern Delaware...

      ...and to enjoy magnificent sunrises with your morning coffee, relaxing family fun, Culinary Coast™ dining and welcoming, comfy accommodations. Visit us and celebrate the return of warm, sunny days in your favorite corner of the world!

      With beach season starting, we'd like to highlight our tagline - Beaches are just the beginning. Our fabulous 5 star beaches are a huge draw and are the reason a lot of people discover Southern Delaware for the first time. But there's lots more here and we'd hate for you to miss any of it. 

     Sussex County is brimming with historic and charming small towns and lovely countryside offering outdoor adventures, arts and entertainment, history, fun events, mouthwatering dining, and Tax Free shopping from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Nanticoke River along our western border. So when you visit our beaches in 2017 be sure to carve out some time to discover all that lies beyond them. To order a Visitors Guide, click here

      Some of May's top events being held throughout Southern Delaware are  highlighted below as well as in the sidebar. Look them over and visit our website calendar  to make sure you don't miss a thing when you visit this month. 

     While you're on our website, t ake a peek at our  Eat & Drink section to see what famous Culinary Coast™ chefs are serving up for your dining (and drinking!) pleasure - you have lots of delicious options, so some advance planning is always a good idea. K eep in mind that our Southern Delaware Farmers Markets are in full swing this month. Check them out here...
              Finally,  like  us on  Facebook  or follow us on  Twitter  (or do both!) to keep up with all the latest here in Southern Delaware. Hint: Every Tuesday we post events through the weekend to Facebook and Twitter, so you won't miss a thing if you follow us! 


Scott, Tina, and Lana
Southern Delaware Tourism

P.S.  Scroll down to print out our May Recipe  from fabulous  Culinary Coast™ C hef Matthew Pfau of Touch of Italy.         

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Lewes Merchants Spring Sidewalk Sale   
Friday, May 5 - Sunday, May 7

Shop beautiful downtown historic Lewes all weekend for great deals and finds!   10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday  Read more here...

Dewey Beach Chihuahua Races
Saturday, May 6

Chihuahua and small dog races located at Dagsworthy Street Dewey Beach.   Read more here...  
22nd Annual British Motorcar Show
Saturday, May 6
"The British are coming...Again!" will welcome a wide array of classic British vehicles to Lewes on Saturday, May 6 (NO RAIN DATE). The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal.  Read more here...
Heritage Day @ Nanticoke Indian Museum
Saturday, May 13
Free admission to the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Native arts and crafts for sale. Native food will be available to eat. The Nanticoke Dance Troupe will perform as well as Tidewater Agency drumming. There will be a face painting station and more.  Read more here...
Dewey Arts Fest
Saturday, May 13
The 6th Annual Arts Festival is May 13 with a rain date of May 14. Over 40 artists and crafters, student Art Gallery, Live music, Children's Activities, Food Trucks Dewey Artist Collaboration Tent and garden! Free event and free parking!  Read more here...
34th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach
Friday, May 19 - Sunday May 21

Sales run from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily (store hours may vary).  It is a weekend for deals and fabulous finds! Shopping in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and Route One has never offered more merchandise at bargain prices! Read more here...
Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, May 20

Five Bands - Music All Day Long;
Craft Brews & Wines; Food Trucks; Craft Vendors; Exhibits & Lawn Games; Tours of the Great Cypress Swamp. Read more here...
Delaware Tailgating Games
Saturday, May 20
The Delaware Tailgating Games is the largest, most competitive tailgating games competition in the Mid-Atlantic. Compete against other teams in your favorite tailgating games activities.  You are allowed 2-10 people on a team. They must be 16 years or older to participate. Read more here...
Delaware by Hand Members Day Show
Saturday, May 27

Annual Delaware by Hand Members' Day Outdoor Show at Zwaanendael Park in Lewes, DE. Nearly 50 Delaware By Hand artists will display furniture, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, photography, fiber, sculpture, baskets, prints, jewelry and paintings for sale.   Read more here...
Annual Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival
Saturday, May 27
Milton Municipal Park will feature music, a tent with exhibits from environmental organizations, food, children's activities, the Horseshoe Crab Express train ride, scavenger hunts, art show, canoe rentals, boat rides, and games. Prime Hook NWR will feature opportunities for visitors to get outside and connect with nature such as nature hikes, birding trips, building bird feeders, horseshoe crab touch tank, videos and more. A shuttle bus traveling between the Town and the Refuge will be available. 
Read more here...
6th Annual Maritime Festival: A Sailor's Life for me
Saturday, May 27
Adults and children alike will have an opportunity to experience seafaring lives of adventure, romance, excitement and hardships, and to honor mariners who made the ultimate sacrifice, during the Zwaanendael Museum's two-day maritime celebration, "A Sailor's Life for Me," that will take place at a variety of downtown Lewes locations. Read more here...
What else is happening in May? 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. 

     May is a great month for the arts in Southern Delaware. Visual arts, performing arts, you name it, we've got it.  Live theater lovers will enjoy  Clear Space Theatre's  presentation of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels this month and  t here's always a packed schedule and a great selection of  entertainment at The Milton Theatre including The Rat Pack Together Again and psychic medium Deanna Fitzpatrick. The Possum Point Players takea hiatus this month while preparing to present The Spitfire Grill in June and Milford's Second Street Players  present Nunsense: A-Men! this month.  

          Remember to look for all the numerous ongoing exhibits at local art galleries and art leagues.  This is also the month when walking and boat tours and outdoor concerts gear up again and State Park programs begin in earnest, so check out our online calendar for all the activities and events!

     Delaware Seashore State ParkCape Henlopen State Park,Trap Pond State ParkAbbott's Mill Nature Center, Dupont Nature Center, and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge   also offer  activities this month, so make sure to check out their websites, listed in the sidebar, for all the details. 
Culinary Coast™ Recipe


Matthew Pfau
Rehoboth Beach & Lewes

Artichoke Bruschetta

8oz Artichoke Hearts Chopped
4oz Vine Ripe tomato Chopped
2oz Garlic Chopped
1oz Basil Chopped
1/2oz Salt
1/2oz EVOO
3/4oz Pepper
3oz Asiago Cheese, Shaved
8oz Sliced Bread of Choice

Mix the Artichoke, tomato, garlic, basil, salt/pepper with the EVOO. Place a spoon full on the bread. Top with Asiago cheese.

For a printable version of this recipe, 
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