Volume 2 Number 7, July 29, 2022

Your RBMS Newsletter August 2022

Visit our Website: www.downtownrb.com

This newsletter is a publication of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. President: Greer Maneval. Executive Director: Dan Slagle. Communications Committee Co-Chairs: Peter Pizzolongo and Mike Edelin. Newsletter Executive Editor: Peter Pizzolongo. Reporters/Editors: Dan Slagle, Mike Edelin, Jerry Filbin, James Mease, Cindy Lovett, Ed Chrzanowski, Peter Beck, Lisa Schlosser, Dick Byrne, and Linda Corcoran.

And the Beat Goes On....

As I am sitting here getting ready to write this month's lead in to the RBMS Newsletter, the Hazy, Hot and Humid days of Summer have arrived. And I realize we have just crossed the halfway point in time for the Summer of 22. It's hard to believe that not too long ago Summer ‘22 was just beginning, and we all looked forward to the lazy hazy days of summer with great expectations of the good times that were sure to come. As sure as the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening the Beat Goes On, and with it our summer plans are being executed as Father Time continues its march forward.


 A unique place to visit this month, if you are into needle point, is the Stitch-Stash store in downtown Rehoboth at 102 North 1st Street. They are a full-service needlepoint store that focuses on customer service and would love to visit with fellow stitchers visiting Rehoboth this summer. Meanwhile, those individuals into biking should stop by Rehoboth Cycle Sports at 174 Rehoboth Avenue, which has provided over 30 years of bicycling experiences to Rehoboth Beach bicyclists with friendly and expert assistance. After your ride, you can go to the Rehoboth Ale House to meet up with the fellow riders and non-riders in your party, and you all can select from an impressive selection of craft beer while enjoying a stellar atmosphere along with servers who know their stuff. Another fun eatery, on Rehoboth Avenue, is Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls. Their lobsters come straight from the waters of Maine, and each roll is prepared according to the simple, honest traditions of the people who live there. If you want a more formal setting, then meander over to Victoria's Restaurant in the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel for oceanfront dining in an intimate setting overlooking the beach and boardwalk. Among the many fine businesses located in downtown Rehoboth Beach is ish Boutique: a must visit place offering unique high-quality women's Bohemian beach attire that is both fun and trendy.


All of these businesses are located in beautiful downtown Rehoboth Beach, and you can read more about them later in this edition of the RBMS Newsletter. Each business invites you to stop in and stay a while, enjoying all that they have to offer for all ages looking for fun things to do while spending time in downtown Rehoboth Beach. And, while there, be sure and tell them you heard about them in the RBMS Newsletter!    

Current and past issues of the newsletter are available on the RBMS Website at Newsletter | Home | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)

RBMS New and Renewal Businesses

RBMS welcomes Rehoboth Beach Paw-radice as a new member!


RBMS thanks The Pines / Aqua Grill for renewing their membership at the Yellow Partner level!


RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing their membership!

For information about the RBMS levels of membership, go to Join | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com).

Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses


Stitch-Stash, an RBMS Green Partner, is a full-service needlepoint store in downtown Rehoboth Beach. It is conveniently located at 102 North First Street, between Baltimore Avenue and Maryland Avenue, with easy parking and access to the store.


After a recent tour of this impressive shop, it was crystal clear this is a one-stop needlepoint shop with all the supplies needed for your project... Read More

Rehoboth Cycle Sports

Visitors and residents of Rehoboth Beach often enjoy the many biking options that are available in the area, such as biking on the Junction Breakwater or Georgetown Lewes Trails, peddling around Gordons Pond or through Cape Henlopen Park, or simply biking casually along the many bike lanes in town. Having an outstanding bike shop right in the middle of our city is a definite need.

 Rehoboth Cycle Sports, an RBMS Green Partner, fulfills that need! Read More


Rehoboth Ale House


The Rehoboth Ale House, an RBMS Green Partner, has been a fixture at 15 Wilmington Avenue since 2016—and is still going strong! Selected as the best Delaware Beach restaurant by MIX 99.5 in 2021 and voted by Craftbeer.com as the Delaware 2020 Best Beer bar, the Ale House always aims to please! Read More

Victoria’s Restaurant

On a perfect summer evening in late June, my brother and his wife were in Rehoboth visiting me for a few days. To avoid the traffic and the crowds, they always come during the week. Knowing that they would appreciate eating outside at a place that was relaxing with a lot of ambiance, I immediately chose Victoria's Restaurant—an RBMS Green Partner.  Read More

ish Boutique: Keeping Up with Current Trends & Setting Them, Too!

The ish Boutique, an RBMS Green Partner, is a bohemian beach boutique that offers unique, high-quality goods, fun and trendy finds, and some of the most “style-ish” apparel, accessories, home décor, baby & kid items, clean beauty products & gifts for anyone and everyone! Read More


Photo Courtesy of Ish Boutique

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, an RBMS Green Partner, is a very popular casual restaurant that features sustainable Maine lobster direct from Maine, along with shrimp rolls, clam chowder, lobster bisque, lobster grilled cheese, and Maine Root sodas!  Read More

News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses

RBMS Ribboncutting Held for CoWork Reho


CoWork Reho, an RBMS Yellow Partner, celebrated their grand opening on the boardwalk with a ribbon cutting and summer kickoff party on July 1 amongst family, friends, and newcomers. Participating in the ribboncutting were Jared Bowers, CoWork Reho owner, Hayley Jackson, COO, and RBMS Executive Director Dan Slagle and several RBMS board members. CoWork Reho is Sussex County's only coworking space—and the only direct oceanfront coworking space in the country—filling the need for a quiet and serene place to work while still enjoying an ocean view and all that the Rehoboth area has to offer. With daily, weekly, and yearlong passes, there is an option for everyone. Whether you're on vacation, here for the summer, or live here full time: CoWork Reho hopes to connect with you soon!


CoWork Reho is located at 511 N. Boardwalk. Phone: 302-494-0214.

Congratulations to Rehoboth Beach Main Street member Cashmere Gardens being named Best Upscale Women's Wear Store in the state by Delaware Today in their recent Best of Issue!

Cashmere Gardens is located at 247 Rehoboth Avenue. Phone: 302-260-9407

News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street

This column highlights the work of the RBMS Executive Director, Dan Slagle, the RBMS Board, and the five committees, focusing on the behind-the-scenes work of the staff and volunteers, as well as the activities that are planned and carried out. Read More

NOTE: The work of the RBMS committees is integral to meeting the mission of Rehoboth Beach Main Street: promoting downtown Rehoboth Beach as a year-round beach town with a vibrant commercial area, attractive signage and storefronts, a full calendar of events, and economic programs benefiting the business and residential community. We are seeking volunteers to work on these committees, including Rehoboth In Bloom (part of the Design Committee’s work). You can put as much time into your volunteer work as you have available. Come join us!

Delaware’s Enhanced Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Started July 1, 2022

The Delaware General Assembly passed a law banning plastic carryout bags in 2019 to help reduce litter, increase recycling efforts, and lessen the impact of plastic film on machinery at our recycling facilities. This law impacted retail stores with large footprints or medium size stores with multiple locations. Smaller retail stores were not impacted by this law and restaurants were excluded.


In 2021, the Delaware General Assembly enhanced the earlier law by eliminating all plastic film carryout bags at checkout and including all retail stores, regardless of size. Restaurants are still excluded from the ban.

This plastic carryout bag ban went into effect on July 1, 2022, and affects all retail stores in Delaware. Read More

Recognizing Our Volunteers: Jim Mease!

Jim has been volunteering for RBMS for about 2 years and he covers a lot of bases, working for the Design Committee’s Rehoboth in Bloom as well as the Communications Committee as our monthly theme editor, setting the tone for each monthly issue. As a Bloom volunteer, Jim is on a team that cares for six planters around the city (watering, weeding, planting) on Rehoboth Avenue every Tuesday morning. Read More

A Reminder: Southern Delaware Tourism Sidekick App Is Available to Rehoboth Beach Businesses!

In the July issue of the RBMS Newsletter we reported that Southern Delaware Tourism has developed a FREE, comprehensive web-based app, SouthDel Sidekick App designed to:

  • Attract visitors to your business when they are in the area,
  • Collect customer data for targeted marketing,
  • Add qualified prospects to your email list, and
  • Increase business during slow periods.

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Nominations Open for RBMS Cottage & Town Awards through August 12

The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Design Committee is pleased to announce that this year’s prestigious Cottage and Town Awards will be sponsored by Turnstone Custom Builders. The awards recognize residential and commercial property owners who contribute to the “charm and beauty and history of Rehoboth Beach through architectural and landscape architectural renovation, restoration, and preservation.” Read More 

Rehoboth Beach Walking Tour on Built Story

What is Built Story you say? Well, it is just about one of the coolest new apps to create a walking tour on your phone. The Design Committee’s Matt Gaffney and Cindy Lovett, with LOADS of help from Jerry Filbin and Peter Pizzolongo, are working on the final tasks to create “Rehoboth Then and Now.” The tour costs $10, with half going to RBMS and the other half to the app creators.  Read More

RBMS Fall Fashion Festival

Mark your calendars! The RBMS First Annual Fall Fashion Festival, “On the Avenue,” will take place on Sunday, November 13, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This festive event will provide the opportunity to see the fabulous fashions available from Rehoboth Beach’s fine retailers! Individual tickets are $75.00 for the catered luncheon, prepared by The Pines, and the runway fashion show. Read More


Get your tickets now! They are selling fast—and have sold out in the past—to the CAMP Rehoboth SUNFESTIVAL 2022, Labor Day Weekend, September 3-4, 2022, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This is an amazing fun-filled event that is the year's biggest fundraiser for CAMP Rehoboth, Delaware's Largest LGBTQ+ community center.  Read More

Beach Trips Can Be Costly to the Environment

Here’s How to Reduce Your Impact

This is an adaptation of an article that appeared in the Washington Post on July 16, 2022, authored by Allyson Chiu. Online: How to plan a sustainable beach vacation - The Washington Post

Hundreds of millions of Americans flock to coastal areas each year—and these trips can contribute to the staggering effects of human activities on beaches and oceans. It’s important that we beachgoers do not contribute to the problems caused by pollution (especially from plastics) and climate change. In a recent article in The Washington Post, the author identifies ways in which beachgoers can reduce our impact on the environment.  Read More

Save the Date

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market                  

Tuesdays, 10:00am–2:00pm

Grove Park 

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from May through October. They have 33 amazing vendors that can’t wait to welcome you back for the Farmers Market’s 16TH SEASON!! Stay tuned for more details on the Farmers Market Facebook page.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Concert Series

Friday–Sunday, unless noted otherwise, 8:00pm


The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series takes place every year from mid-June through Labor Day Weekend and has been providing FREE entertainment for Rehoboth Beach and its visitors since 1963! Each year, over 40 bands are selected to perform in an open-air concert venue just steps from the beach. The goal of the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is to provide entertainment through music, movies, variety acts, and other local, regional, and national performances.


All performances begin at 8:00pm, Friday–Sunday (unless noted). All concerts are sponsored by the City of Rehoboth Beach. To apply for a performance, please visit the information page on the City’s website: www.rehobothbandstand.com

Browseabout Books Book Signing with Author Dwight Chapin

Wednesday, August 3, 1:00–4:00pm

133 Rehoboth Avenue

Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will host a book-signing event with The President’s Man memoir author Dwight Chapin. Mr. Chapin was an advisor, confidant, and a friend to Richard Nixon. Most importantly, he knew Richard Nixon longer and more intimately than almost any other person outside Nixon’s family.

Browseabout Books Book Signing with Author Aggie Blum Thompson

Thursday, August 4, 12:30–3:30pm

133 Rehoboth Avenue

Set in the upscale DC private school scene, where silence and prestige are sought and can be easily bought, Aggie Blum Thompson’s All the Dirty Secrets asks how far you would be willing to go to protect your status and family, and if some secrets should ever be revealed. All The Dirty Secrets is Aggie’s second novel—a thriller into the behind the scenes of the lives that DC’s elite truly lead.

Gallery 50 contemporary art & frame shop

“A Weekend with Thom” Art Show Opening Night Reception

Friday August 12, 5:30–8:00pm

50a Wilmington Avenue

Thom Millsap has traveled and painted extensively for the last 35 years. The diversity of his travels can be witnessed in any given painting. The flowers on a table may be from a hotel in London, the vase from a shop in Spain, and a boat resting on a beach may be from the Delmarva region of Delaware. Join Gallery 50 for the exhibition’s opening night reception to meet the artist and enjoy a wonderful collection of his new works. The exhibition runs through August 30.

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

9 TO 5

June 24 to August 27

The hit 1980 film gets the musical treatment by one of its Grammy Award-winning original stars in this show with big heart and even bigger show-stopping songs! Jaded matriarch Violet, buxom backwoods secretary Doralee, and mistreated newcomer Judy are all under the employ of the overbearing womanizer Franklin Hart, Jr. These three unlikely cohorts team up and hatch a plan to get even with their egotistical, tyrannical boss. All of the madcap hilarity of the movie is intact, intertwined with Dolly Parton’s score that is part Broadway and part pop, a little bit country, and all toe-tapping fun! Purchase tickets at Buy: 9 to 5 (force.com)



June 28 to August 23


Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip to a simpler time as ’bad boy’ Danny and ’the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again in the original high school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want,” “We Go Together,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and many more! Purchase tickets at Buy: Grease (2022) (force.com)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

July 1 to August 25

One of the most enduring shows of all time, this is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song, the musical follows preferred son Joseph from his brothers selling him into slavery, to ingratiating himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, to discovering his ability to interpret dreams, to helping the Elvis-inspired Pharaoh to find the solution to Egypt’s famine—which elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. The magical musical is full of catchy songs in a variety of styles, including a parody of French ballads, country-western, and calypso, along with the unforgettable classics “Any Dream Will Do” and “Close Every Door.” Purchase tickets at Buy: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (force.com) 

Saturday Morning Children’s Theatre 202

July 2 - August 20

Remember Saturday morning cartoons? Go back to a time when we weren’t glued to cell phones and modern technology, but instead ran to see what fate befell our favorite characters! With that in mind, Clear Space has developed a new summer Children’s Theatre Series performed by kids for kids each Saturday at 11:00am. Clear Space brings you half-hour versions of the beloved classics SLEEPYHEAD: A Sleeping Beauty Story and IN THE NEVERLAND: A Peter Pan Adventure.

General admission $5. Children are invited to sit on the stage.

DATES - All shows at 11:00am.

August 6 – PETER PAN 

August 13 – SLEEPYHEAD 

August 20 – PETER PAN


Purchase tickets at: Buy: Saturday Morning Children's Theatre 2022 (force.com)

Fire Fightin’ 5K Race

Sunday, August 21, 8:00am

Benefit: Rehoboth Fire Company

219 Rehoboth Avenue

Join the Seashore Striders in Rehoboth Beach for the 8th annual Rehoboth Fire Company Fire Fightin' 5K Race. The Fire Fightin' 5K is a flat and fast course through the town of Rehoboth Beach. The race will start and finish at the Station (219 Rehoboth Avenue) with a beautiful course through Rehoboth Beach, taking in the boardwalk and the ocean. 

Benevolence Night at Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats

Benefit: Rehoboth Beach Main Street

Wednesday, August 24, 5:00­–9:00pm

320 Rehoboth Avenue

Come out and eat and/or drink for a cause! On Wednesday, August 24, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats will host a Benevolence Night in honor of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. 10% of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to RBMS.


Sunday, August 28, 8:00am

Start & Finish at the Bandstand

Join fellow CAMP Rehoboth supporters for the 13th annual Sun Festival 5K & IM Walk! Following the race, come to the Post-Race Party at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue.

For more information, contact Tim Bamforth, Seashore Strider Race Director at tim@seashorestrider.com

Rehoboth Beach Public Library

August Events

226 Rehoboth Avenue

Rehoboth Beach Public Library, located at the center of downtown Rehoboth, strives to remain a vibrant part of this community. The library serves summer visitors as well as year-round residents. Check out all the events that are happening at the library in August! Special performances, activities, guest speakers, and more. Phone: (302) 227-8044.

Mark Your Calendars 

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

The Submission



Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily-white face.

Directed by and starring Karen Richards (Clear Space credits: SISTER ACT, GHOST) THE SUBMISSION is a raw, unsentimental play about race and gender that exposes the quiet prejudice and intolerance among even our most progressive thinkers. It is both uncomfortable and impossible to not watch. For tickets go to: Buy: The Submission (force.com)

CAMP Rehoboth Sun Festival


A two-night event featuring headline entertainment and the return of SUNDANCE!

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Avenue

CAMP Rehoboth is excited to announce the line-up for SUNFESTIVAL, its annual Labor Day celebration. You are invited to their biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps raise necessary funds for CAMP Rehoboth’s essential health, wellness, arts, and advocacy programming.

On Saturday, September 3rd, SUNFESTIVAL SHOW AND LIVE AUCTION kicks off the weekend with headliner comedian Judy Gold. Judy has been making audiences laugh for more than 3½ decades with her brutally honest, fearless, and no holds barred sense of humor. Judy’s stand-up specials appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, and LOGO, and she also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Prior to the show there will be a silent and live auction so come early so you can snag one of the unique items up for bid.

On Sunday, September 4th, SUNDANCE returns after a two-year absence. Back by popular demand legendary Studio 54, Palladium, and The Saint DJ Robbie Leslie starts the night at Sundance Disco Twilight Tea playing your favorite “songs with words” under the amazing disco ball. Direct from New York, remixer, producer DJ James Anthony finishes the night with his “big room” sound.

Celebration of Rehoboth Businesses

Announcing a new Rehoboth Beach Main Street event! We all hear from time to time that “Rehoboth isn’t a good place for businesses, look how many are leaving.” So, we started listing the businesses we know have been here for a long time. We figured maybe there will be about 15-20. Nope, almost 90!!! Some have been here over 50 years! The message is “It looks like Rehoboth is a FANTASTIC place to have a business!!”

A Cling is being prepared to give to those businesses with 25+ years in downtown Rehoboth AND those that have been in downtown for 50+. All businesses and residents will be invited for the presentation at the bandstand on Wednesday, September 7 at 9:00am. Save the date!

Photo courtesy Keith Misener

2022 Spring Gala to Benefit Clear Space Theatre

Sunday, September 11, 6:00–9:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Country Club

Mark for calendar for the Clear Space 2022 Gala, “A Grand Night for Singing, and see the 2023 Clear Space Season Preview!

All proceeds for the event support Clear Space Theatre's mission to inspire audiences, artists, and students by providing high-quality performances and educational experiences. Help keep live theatre at the beach!

Tables for 10 ($2,000) and individual tickets ($195) are now available for purchase at Events - Clear Space Theatre.

Editor’s Note

Thank you all for your support of RBMS. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at PeterRBMS@gmail.com.