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Funny thought. You live in a place where people vacay, because there are so many fun things to do; but, you never do them because, well, you live here. If you're like me, you mean to go, you really do. And you say you’ll get around to it, but of course, you don’t. When I lived in DC, the only time I visited the White House, or went to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving to watch them print money, was when guests insisted. And I loved it.

I never go to Funland unless my friends drag me, then I wonder why I waited because Skee Ball is awesome, and that Whack-A-Mole sh*t is addicting. (Funland opens Mother's Day weekend, BTW). Jody D made me take the pontoon boat ride into the cypress forest at Trap Pond IN THE DARK, which was crazy fun; have also done axe throwing at Lefty’s, toured the Dogfish brewery, climbed up the steampunk sculpture, and lots more, thanks to everyone else.

Even scoring a reservation for the rooftop deck at The Cultured Pearl had eluded me, because it would require more planning than I’m used to. But new friends insisted, so we did, and it - was - magical! Perfect weather to sit under the pergola, white curtains waving, water flowing all around (yes, there is water up there, and maybe koi too); while sipping my Kappa Tini. Friends raved about the surf and turf specials, the scallops, and the calamari app, while I was in culinary heaven with my Java Curry. Thank you owners Susan and Robert Wood, for creating such a delightful experience.

While I’m in a tasteful mood, let me tell you to run, don’t walk, to the new Square One Grill and order the Happy Cauliflower (ridiculously good) while you peruse the martini menu (30+ choices). The Cheese and Charcuterie boards are yum and uber generous, the Mushroom Risotto is sublime, and friends rave about the Kobe burger, the Lobster Skins, and the Bayskins (jumbo lump crab meat). And Fluffy is behind the bar. What's not to love?

Finally made it to Federal Fritter and YOWZA! I can hardly type about this without drooling on my keyboard. Tried five different ones, both sweet and savory, and the Corn Fritter (made from freshly shucked Delmarva corn) was my absolute fave. (the artichokes and the BBQ Cauliflower were a close second!) They are adding new sandwiches, pastas, and salads to the menu weekly, so go on now! Tell owner Ellen the Buzz sent you.

Bramble & Brine returns to the Buttery in Lewes. Lot and lots of cool stuff planned for that gorgeous Victorian (aka the Trader Mansion) including a Brine room, an Aviary, and brunch every day. Go Megan!

The new POND is now open, and it's big and fun with plenty of free parking. Woo hoo! Kudos to Pete, Davey and the gang - good food and the service was excellent. Lots of fun new menu items too. Best cheesesteak at the beach, according to my other.

Eating Rehoboth walking food tours resume in May – some dates already sold out – sample five restaurants while enjoying a stroll around downtown Rehoboth. This is year NINE for the tours, a recipient of the Southern Delaware Tourism Award - enjoy!

The Fresh Steamed Crabs truck now resides at Atlantic Liquors, Wednesday thru Sunday. Former commercial crabber, Carlos Batres uses a Bayou seasoning on his locally sourced crabs; he also offers live crabs, catering and delivery.

Lori’s Oy Vey! Cafe is back! Happy 25th! Go grab some of her most famous chicken salad for lunch – you’ll be glad you did.

Grotto just opened a new location in Millsboro that includes a sports bar, outdoor fire pit, cornhole, and putting green. Score! Matt's Fish Camp will open a third location in Fenwick Island.

If you haven't had your vaccinations, or you're just not ready to venture out, FEAR NOT! All the restaurants I've mentioned offer takeout, INCLUDING THE MARTINIS! Outdoor dining and to-go drinks have the Governor's thumbs up thru March 2022.

SoDel will open a second brewpub, the Ocean View Brewing Company, in Ocean View, spring of 2022.

So the south side of Rehoboth Ave has been busy, busy, busy! At 200 Rehoboth Ave, Coastal Hobo has a window full of fun things tempting you inside for some serious retail therapy; right next door will be CareForceMD, a new walk in clinic; At 234 Rehoboth there's now a sign in the window announcing the Sussex Public House gastropub. Their FB page states they'll have 19 taps for crafts and microbrews; a scratch kitchen with no borders; classic cocktails and live music. 236 Rehoboth Avenue will be the new home for Sunny Bay Cafe, which the Rehoboth Foodie says will be open for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner.

Chesapeake & Maine has reopened with an online ordering for curbside pick-up; revamped bar seating, and more draft lines. Specials include: $15 whole Maine lobsters every day; Wednesday nights – $6 crab cakes and $10 crab cake sandwiches; Monday-Friday happy hour from 4-6 p.m - 25% off appetizers, half-priced draft beers, select wines and cocktails too.

Across the street, Port 251 is back in action with an amazing new menu including crispy lobster deviled eggs and Big Girl Margaritas!

Over on Baltimore the sign is up for Somewhere (in the former Iguana Grill space); which plans to offer local coffee, creative brunches, dinner & over-the-top desserts

So Aldi is only taking HALF of the old kMart space... what's on the other side? Hearing rumors, but nothing confirmed. Will keep you posted.

Dreamer Coffee and Juice Bar on Rehoboth Ave will be opening a second location in the former Dolle's spot.

Just push PLAY! Tickets are now on sale for many of the events at The Freeman Arts Pavilion; performances include Indigo Girls, Jake Owen, Clint Black, REO Speedwagon, Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Train, Foreigner, Earth, Wind & Fire and many, MANY more!

Rehoboth Beach bandstand concerts are back starting June 11. Firefly returns to Dover in September. No word yet on this year's line up.

Milton will host a monthly event called Tour 684, which features local vendors, arts, crafts and musicians.

Lewes Historical Society walking tours have resumed, including a Maritime tour, a Historic Architecture tour, and the Lewes Legends\Spooky Tales tour.

Thompson Island Brewing Company won four medals at the New York Int'l Beer Competition AND Delaware Brewery of the Year Award.

A sampling of upcoming events:

May 1-25 - Peninsula Gallery presents "I Am Woman" Art Exhibition

May 22 - RB/DB Outdoor Street Market, Jungle Jim's Parking Lot

For a more extensive list of events, check out the Southern Delaware Explorer

The Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation is a Delaware nonprofit that gives scholarships to women in need. They also pair these women up with one-on-one mentors - women who have graduated from college - to help them get to the graduation finish line, since many of them are the first in their families to go to college. They are looking for more scholars and mentors – for more info – click here.

Cracked phone? Check out Rehoboth Beach Phone Repair in Tanger Seaside. They also carry more than 1000 cases (that is not a typo); cords, headphones and more. Also new to Seaside, The Country Store features a mix of items from more than 65 local vendors, artisans, wholesalers and more.

Talk to any real estate agent you know, and they will tell you this is positively, absolutely the very best time to sell, sell, sell! We’ve never seen a market like this. Multiple offers, $$ over asking, with no contingencies. If you are considering putting your home on the market, contact your favorite agent NOW. Hopefully, that will be me :) Thanks everyone, for your consideration. (If your home is listed with another broker, please know this is not a solicitation of that listing).

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Hi! My name is Deb Griffin and I write the Local Buzz. If you have family or friends thinking of buying or selling, I'd love to help! I'm a full time Realtor at The Parker Group, and part of my commissions go to Best Friends. .As a partner in the Eating Rehoboth Food Tours and an active member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers' Guild, I LOVE where I live! Been here 15 years and learn more about the area every day, which is why I created the Buzz as a way to share that info with you. Enjoy!                    
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