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Nature Center or Wildlife Refuge Programs

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 Rehoboth Beach Museum exhibit, "Angry Waters" chronicles the impact of storms on the beach area, telling the story of famous shipwrecks, and demonstrating how the community responded with lighthouses, lifesaving stations, and rebuilding efforts. Through March, 2018. 

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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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Also in October

Cruisin' The Farm, October 5

Bark on the Boards, October 8

Children's Fantasy Trail, October 27 - 29

...and more!

Coming in November

Southern Delaware in October Goes to the Dogs...
Plus Festivals, History & Hauntings
Sea Witch Costumed Dog Parade

      October in Southern Delaware offers fun for the whole family. From festivals to a fly-in and foodie events to history, hauntings & jazz you'll have a hard time deciding when to visit. Heck, just plan to stay the whole month so you don't miss a thing...Take a look at this jam packed calendar ! You'll find some highlights below and additional listings in the sidebar, but definitely check out the calendar link too. There's way too much going on to list everything here.  

     In addition to all of this month's events, you'll enjoy crisp, autumn weather on the best hiking and biking trails as well as fabulously relaxing strolls on the most pristine ocean beaches in the mid-Atlantic, along with tax free shopping in your choice of charming seaside and riverside towns (and in over 130+ outlet stores!) You definitely won't want to miss the ever popular fall sidewalk sales in both Lewes and Rehoboth Beach...And just check out our antiquing itineraries!

     Your furkids will feel right at home, too, with Greyhounds Reach the Beach and the Golden Jubilee plus the costumed dog parade during the Sea Witch Festival, all happening this month. 

     Finally, your little ghosties and goblins will find plenty of fun and spooky activities to give them goosebumps - and so will you! 
      When planning your visit, learn all  about our  Culinary Coast™ restaurants  and how they create  delectable dishes with fresh local ingredients, check out  wineries, breweries, & distilleries , great arts and entertainment , loads of outdoor adventures  and  golf , tax free shopping , welcoming accommodations and family fun!  

     Finally, be sure to  like  us on  Facebook  or follow us on  Twitter  (or do both!) to keep up with all the latest happenings 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! 


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P.S.  Scroll down to print out our October Recipe 
from fabulous  Culinary CoastChef  Jason Diettrick  of Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar  in Rehoboth Beach. Jason  shares his Roasted Fall Squash Salad and  i t sounds delicious!  
Southern Delaware Halloween Fun 
Various Dates; See individual listings

Screams at the Beach , Georgetown, Every Friday and Saturday in October
Slaughter House Farm , Laurel, Various dates, October 6 - 31
Milton Zombie Fest , October 19 - 21
Boo-Que by the Sea , Delaware Seashore State Park, October 20 - 21
Sea Witch Halloween Festival & Fiddlers Festival, Rehoboth Beach, October 27 - 29
Children's Fantasy Trail , October 27 - 29

Sidewalk Sales
Lewes Merchants Fall Sidewalk Sale
October 1 Read more here...

41st Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale, Rehoboth Beach
October 6 - 8   

University of Delaware's Coast Day
Sunday, October 1

Coast Day showcases how UD scientists, staff, and students are improving our understanding of ocean environments and serve coastal communities. Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics.  Family-friendly activities include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. Everyone can enjoy live music, vendor displays, and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge. Read more here...
History Book Festiv al
Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7
On Friday evening, October 6, there is a fascinating keynote by James Swanson, the New York Times best-selling author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. On Saturday there will be sessions in various Lewes venues by 20 best-selling authors of historical fiction and non-fiction from all over the country who will read from their work, share their insights, and answer your questions. Book lovers will be able to purchase books and have them signed by their favorite authors.  Read more here...
Greyhounds Reach the Beach® 
Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8

Greyhounds Reach the Beach®  is an event for greyhound and sighthound owners held every Columbus Day weekend in the ocean side communities of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. The event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption. It features speakers, vendors, a Blessing of the Hounds and lots of activities throughout the area. Read more here...
Dewey's Golden Jubilee
Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8
Previous years brought close to 150 goldens running blissfully free on the beach, chasing tennis balls and swimming together in the surf.There are some fun activities planned, all revolving around enjoying our furry goldens for some fun in the sun on Dewey's dog-friendly beaches. It is a time set aside to spend quality time with our precious goldens and meet others who share the same passion for the amazing breed! And it's free. 
Read more here...
Wings and Wheels Festival
Saturday, October 7

There is no admission to this event. Come out and enjoy a day of planes, cars, WWII re-enactors, great food, entertainment craft vendors and much more.  Read more here...
Southern Delaware Wine, Food, & Music Festival
Saturday, October 7

Immerse yourself in Delaware's culinary coast with mouthwatering delights from top chefs as you savor wonderful wines from around the world. Listen to superb live music, catch our "back by popular demand" Chef Throw-down live presentation, and be sure not to miss the craft beers and spirited drinks.   Read more here...
Coastal Towns Historic Homes Tour
Saturday, October 7
Come join us for a guided tour of several historic houses all within walking distance of the Historic Tunnell West house. The Ocean View Historical Society is presenting its first Historical House Tour to benefit our Coastal Towns Museum. The tour will begin at the Historical Complex at 39 Central Avenue. Read more here...
5th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival
Wednesday, October 11 - Sunday, October 15
The 5th Annual True Blue Jazz Series returns to Downtown Rehoboth Beach Delaware....& you don't want to miss a single show! From October 11th - 15th...True Blue Jazz is THE only place to catch the best LIVE Straight Ahead Jazz Acts in Rehoboth Beach, or anywhere in the area. Read more here...
28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
Thursday, October 12 - Sunday, October 15

Apple Scrapple Festival
Friday, October 13 & Saturday, October 14

Sea Witch Halloween Festival and Fiddlers Festival
Friday, October 27 - Sunday, October 29

What else is happening in October? 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. 
     October 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 Wit  and The Fantastiks... T here's always a packed schedule and a great selection of  entertainment at The Milton Theatre including  Delaware Comedy Theatre, Christine Havrilla, Gypsy Fuzz, & Mama's Black Sheep, Magnolia Applebottom's Halloween Drag Show, Men in Motion, The Amazing Kreskin, Psychic Medium Deanna Patrick, Rocky Horror, and a whole lot more. The Possum Point Players present  Beauty and the Beast . and Milford's Second Street Players   present  Dorothy in Wonderland
         Remember to check out the numerous ongoing exhibits at local art galleries and art leagues this month.  See 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


Roasted Fall Squash Salad

Chef Jason Diettrick
Rehoboth Beach

One Kabocha Squash
Browned Butter Maple Vinaigrette (directions below)
Baby Kale, 8 oz
Roasted Squash Seeds
One Green Apple, sliced
Dried Dates, chopped
Danish Bleu Cheese, 2 ounces crumbled
Toasted Almonds, chopped

Pre heat oven to 325. Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds. Cover in vegetable oil, curry powder, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, 1-2 teaspoon each. Place squash side down on pan, cook approximately 45 minutes or until tender.

Rinse seeds, coat in oil salt and pepper, scatter on baking pan, bake for 1 hour or until well toasted.

Vinaigrette: Melt 1 stick butter in pot until it starts to brown. Add in ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar (cider vinegar can be substituted), ½ cup maple syrup, salt, pepper, bay leaf, sprig thyme. Let cook down for another 10 minutes.

Toss together kale, apple, dates, blue cheese, squash seeds, almonds with vinaigrette. Serve on two halves of warm squash. 

Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Jason Diettrick discovered his passion for cooking at a young age. After training at a restaurant school in Philadelphia he worked in Philadelphia for Stephen Starr. He continued his education at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California. In 2004 Jason took a position at SoDel Concepts where he helped open three award winning restaurants. Jason served as the chef the award winning Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar and progressed to working alongside Chef Alex Martinez at Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View where he grew professionally and wowed guests with his talent and creativity. In the Spring of 2017 Jason was one of the opening chefs at the second Bluecoast location in Rehoboth Beach where he is currently working. Jason lives in Ocean View with his children, Ella and Riley.

For a printable version of this recipe, 
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