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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 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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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 September

Seawitch Memorabilia Exhibit September 2 through October 29

VJ Day at Fort Miles, September 2

Delaware LGBT CINE-brations , September 28 - October 1

Dewey Beach Elvis Festival, September 29 & 30

Delaware Tailgating Games , September 30

Coming in October

Screams at the Beach, Every Friday and Saturday in October

UD Coast Day, October 1

Dewey's Golden Jubilee, October 6 - 8

True Blue Jazz, October 11 - 15

Apple Scrapple Festival, October 13 & 14

Southern Delaware's Summer Fun Continues Through September! 

Nanticoke  Indian  Powwow  courtesy  of  Suzanne  Smith

      September isn't the least bit bittersweet in Southern Delaware! Heck, it's still full-on summer here, plus it's the start of our fall festival season too so there are a ton of entertainment and activity options! J ust take a look at this jam packed calendar ! You'll find highlights below and some additional listings in the sidebar, but be sure to check out the calendar so you don't miss a thing. 
      Also, if you're a history buff you'll be happy to know that we've created a month-long event, called See You in September , devoted just to you! From the Nanticoke Indian Powwow in early September through the Lewes History Book Festival the first full weekend of October, we'll be shining a spotlight on all things history and heritage in Southern Delaware. Click on the above link to learn about the events, tours, museums, exhibits, and antiques trails that bring Southern Delaware's fascinating history to life for visitors during this month long celebration of heritage. History is in reach of our beach!  

    When planning your visit you can also 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 September Recipe 
from fabulous  Culinary CoastChef  Zach Dick
of Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach . Zach shares his Chimchurri recipe and i t sounds delicious!  
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 
Monday, September 4
Courtesy of Cape Gazette _ Photographer Nick Roth

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is celebrated each Labor Day Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the North end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. This "quirky" Jazz Funeral tradition saying goodbye to summer  is family-friendly, free to the public, and you can even dress in costume for the occasion.    Read more here
39th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Saturday, September 9

Teams will express their artistic flair in the sand; past creations include a breakfast meal, Funland rides, Pyramids, Dolphins, Olympic athletes and of course traditional sandcastles. Beachgoers who would rather watch than create are welcome to view the incredible creations upon their completion beginning at 3:00 PM free of charge.    Read more here...
Nanticoke Indian Powwow
Saturday & Sunday, September 9 & 10
Courtesy of Suzanne Smith

American Indian drummers and singers, 40+ visiting tribes from across Indian country, authentic Indian art & craft vendors, Nanticoke Indian Museum Tours, Sunday morning worship service, Native American food and more!  Read more here...
Riverwalk Freedom Festival
Saturday, September 9
Activities starting at 9 am. Crafters, vendors, kids corner, car show, food trucks, the duck dash, DJ and Let's Do Trivia and Survey Sez games with prizes, Live music performed by Federal Street Band beginning at 6 pm. All new this year Red, White & Brew Garden with Surprise Guest Bartenders and Collector t shirts for sale! Then at dusk, gather around with family and friends and enjoy the spectacular fireworks over the Mispillion River!   Read more here...
39th Annual Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival 
Saturday, September 9

The popular one day show will feature jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, woodworking, and much more! More than 100 juried artists, both local and from around the country. Read more here...
Illumination Night in Rehoboth Beach
Saturday, September 9
RBHS brings us "Illumination Night" of historic homes and buildings throughout the city. 
An Illumination is an outdoor ceremony involving the simultaneous activation of lights throughout a community, such as the lighting of Christmas lights. 
The Rehoboth Beach event will focus on lighting-up the many historic structures in the city from 7-9 PM. Ceremony at Bandstand too. Read more here...
21st Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon
Saturday, September 16

Athletes will now have the option to race a duathlon as a 1/2 mile beach run, 16 mile bike and 3.45 mile run.

For those looking to race and not wanting to run you can elect to race in the Aquabike division which features a 1/2 mile swim and a 16 mile bike.

As always the feature event will be the triathlon, a 1/2 mile ocean swim, 16 mile bike and 3.45 mile run.

Want to enjoy the beautiful Dewey Beach Triathlon with your friends? Join a relay team for three times the fun! Read more here...
Rehoboth Beach Garlic Fest
Friday & Saturday, September 22 & 23

Join us for the FIRST Garlic Fest in the State of Delaware. A true farm to table experience, thanks to our friends @ Nature's Garlic Farm. Enjoy glorious GARLIC creations from the best restaurants in Rehoboth Beach! Vendors will sell it, chefs will cook it, and musicians will sing about it, the beach will be filled with the sweet stink of wonderful GARLIC! This is going to be one good STINKIN weekend at the beach.  Read more here...
Tour de Sussex
Saturday, September 23
 Riders will journey through the charming towns of Georgetown, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Laurel.  Read more here...
Broadkill Banjos Festival
Saturday, September 23

Bands, Barbeque, & Brews at the Barns
Sunday, September 24

A Country Music Festival on a  Sunday  afternoon a t the Governor Ross Plantation on  in Seaford featuring three bands and food by Fat Daddy's BBQ. Cash bar (beer & wine), Vanderwende's Ice Cream Truck, Raffles, Silent Auction. Free parking. Tickets must be purchased in advance.    Read more here...
Delmarva Paddling Weekend
September 28 - October 1

Adventures by kayak, canoe, and SUP centered around trail towns of Milton and Laurel in Delaware and Berlin and Snow Hill in MD. Also features a special paddling experience to Smith Island.    Read more here...
Lewes Merchants Fall Sidewalk Sale
September 9 - October 1

The Lewes Merchants' Fall Sidewalk Sale takes place throughout Historic Lewes Commercial District. Their three-day sale begins Friday September 29th and ends Sunday October 1st.  Read more here...  
1st Annual Nanticoke Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 30

Featuring vendors, historical organizations, musical entertainment The Jones Boys and Charlie and the Cool Tones. Also, antique car show, food vendors, crafters, farmers market, children activities, and more. The Living History of Delaware 2nd Regiment will be doing an encampment this weekend. Demonstrations will be occurring throughout the day.    Read more here...
Lewes Historical Society Fall Craft Fair
Saturday, September 30

The Lewes Fall Craft Fair is well known for the exceptional quality of the craftspeople, including new and returning artists from across Delmarva and the Eastern Shore.
The Lewes Historical Society invites the public to celebrate the work of over 70 other talented artisans at its historic campus. Read more here...
Boast the Coast, Maritime Festival, Lewes Octoberfest, More!
Saturday, September 30

A day full of events and activities throughout downtown Historic Lewes.    Read more here...
What else is happening in September? 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. 
     September 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  in September... T here's always a packed schedule and a great selection of  entertainment at The Milton Theatre including  Paul Cullen, Holly Faris, Kathie Martin & the Hot Rods, Joey & Gina's Italian Comedy Wedding, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Assisted Living: The Musical and a whole lot more.The Possum Point Players are off this month and Milford's Second Street Players  present The Canterville Ghost.  Finally, The Freeman Stage has an incredible lineup this month including a Labor Day Celebration with the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, U.S Army Blues, and FIREWORKS!  The following week brings Bruce in the USA, and on the 16th, The Freeman Stage Arts & Jazz Festival.    
         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


SeaQuench Chimichurri

Chef Zach Dick
Rehoboth Beach

3 tbsp Shallots (small dice)
2 tbsp Ginger (small dice
2 tbsp Garlic (small dice)
2 ea Lemongrass
1 cup SeaQuench Ale
2 ea Jalapeno (roasted)
1 bunch Cilantro
1 bunch Parsley
1 tbsp Dijon
2 cups Olive Oil

Cooking Instructions: 
     Saute Shallot, Ginger, and Garlic until translucent. Add the Lemongrass and lightly saute. Deglaze with SeaQuench Ale. Let liquid chill in refrigerator. 

     Place everything in a blender except Olive Oil. Slowly stream the Olive Oil into the rest of the liquid and make sure it's emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Suggested protien: Grilled Chicken, Snapper, or Steamed Mussels.

After getting his culinary degree at Johnson & Wales University, Zach interned at Georgia's famous Sea Island Resort.  Zach then took his skills to several high profile places, including Palm Beach's The Breakers, a PGA National Resort and Spa, and The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Springs.  Eventually, Zach became the Chef De Cuisine at Next Door by Wegmans in Rochester, NY.  Next Door is where his love affair with craft beer began, working with Rochester's very own Jason Ellsworth. Of the many breweries Zach partnered with to host special beer dinners; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery was his favorite. Zach was so inspired by Dogfish's culinary-centric portfolio that he joined the Dogfish Head team in November 2015 to help open a new restaurant concept. Shortly after joining the company he moved into the position of Executive Chef of Chesapeake & Maine: a craft spirits and seafood-inspired restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, DE. He is now the Executive Chef of Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, serving original beer, original food and original music since 1995.

For a printable version of this recipe, 
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