Ho! Ho! Ho! Where'd the year go?! One minute it was summer, then a quiet whooosh and now I'm making plans for New Year's Eve. Crazy.
Finally got to explore some new places - starting with Taco Reho
- and omg - it's awesome. Love the expanded menu and the food is great. We sat at the indoor bar, which looks like the wood and finish of an acoustic guitar. That location put us right underneath the drum set hanging upside down from the ceiling (it's actually a light fixture.) Great layout inside with lots of cool seating options, and the women's bathroom is the best at the beach! (These things are important, don't ya know?) It's very glam, with pale pink leopard wallpaper, movie star lighting, and tons of black and white celebrity photos. Can't wait to go back.
must restock every night because the parking lot is always full! They carry several items not found elsewhere, and prices on staples like milk and eggs are great. Love the AOS
(Aldi insiders refer to the center aisle with seasonal merchandise as the Aisle of Shame
). It's better than a visit to Tuesday Morning!
- where have you been? From the pink 'red carpet' that greets you to the huge pink ball lights in the dining area, to the chairs on the walls, and the Barbie collection, it's just too too fabulous! Welcoming to all, Freddie's is a breath of fresh air amidst these challenging times. For a toasty "Adult" drink, have the Hot Peppermint Patty. You will thank me.
Had not been to The Pines
on Baltimore for some time and was blown away by the upstairs lounge where the entertainment takes place. It has a sultry, elegant speak-easy vibe with dark tables, perfect lighting, and blue velvety chairs. Friends rave about Monday's Filet and Wine Night special. I was there on a Tuesday (Half off bottles of wine night) which led me to try the Buena Vista Cab Sauv - my new favorite red. YUM!
Bob Suppies, one of the owners of The Pines
(and just a sweetheart!) told me they are very excited for DRIFT
, their next venture, along with the other members of the Second Block Hospitality Group. DRIFT is located at 42 ½ Baltimore Avenue and will open early 2022 with a raw bar and “traditionally prepared dishes influenced by the sea.” The house was built around 1890 and has required extensive renovations. Read more here
. Bob (and friends) have yet another restaurant
in the works - more on that soon!
- what can I say? Run, do not walk, to this holiday playground for both kids and adults (reserve your space online first, it's been uber popular!). So much to see and do - a Christmas tree maze, cute shopping huts for adults, miniature houses for the kiddles with activities galore, roller skating rink, the Snowflake stage with live entertainment, train rides, cocktails, nibbles, & beer, oh my!
The new Agave
is vast inside, with an enormous round bar right in the middle, and a cool lounge area with a fireplace and comfy seating. It's open seven days a week starting at noon.
What do you get the Foodie who has everything? Why a gift card for an Eating Rehoboth
food tour! Sip, walk, eat and talk while you visit FIVE downtown Rehoboth restaurants. (And if you shop like I do, it's one for them, and one for you!) Enjoy!
will host the Uncle Nearest Bourbon Dinner
on Dec 29 - a four course meal with Victoria Butler of Uncle Nearest
. Victoria is the great-great-granddaughter of Nathan “Nearest” Green, Jack Daniel's mentor and Jack Daniel's Distillery's first master distiller. The FF is also featuring Special Tasting Menus
on Sundays and Thursdays, starting this month.
Love the look of the new luxury hotel to be built
at the corner of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk. It's been designed as an updated version of the Bellhaven, which stood at the same corner for decades before it was damaged by the Great Storm of 1962.
Conch Island is moving to the Ocn Blu space early next year. For more details, read the Rehoboth Foodie, here
. Also, the Smash Mouth Burger truck
will occupy the space vacated by the Taco Reho truck spot in front of Big Chill Surf Cantina.
Lots of holiday happenings - here's a partial list:
Dec 4 - The GFWC Zwaanendael Women’s Club Holiday Bazaar
is Dec 4 on the Lewes Historical Society Campus.
Dec 5 - Community Unity Dinner
Rehoboth - an evening of pasta, ice cream, children’s activities, holiday music, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and performances of The Nutcracker as well as the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus. Nick Caggiano of Nicola Pizza, will be honored as the Citizen-of-the-Year
Dec 18 - Mispillion Art Series Rehoboth
- "Sounds of the Season - Music for the Heart" presented by the Dancing Heart Trio, at Epworth United Methodist Church. Free!
The Capital Ringers
will be performing their holiday show on Dec 11 at the Milton Theatre, and Dec 12 at Conley’s United Methodist Church in Lewes. The Milton Holly Festival
is back on December 14 with crafts, artwork, jewelry, holiday gifts, wreaths, food and Santa too.
On January 8, the Milton Theatre
presents the UnGala: the Bootlegger’s Ball
, a fundraising event for The Milton Theatre Renaissance Initiative. Come in your best "Gatsby" attire and dance to great jazz music as the Milton Theatre is transformed into a speak-easy for this prohibition-themed cocktail party. And yes…there will be a secret code to enter.
A number of years ago, I saw a very moving film called Alive Inside
. It’s a documentary that explores the transformational effects of music on people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. With that in mind, I was thrilled to read that Sussex County has a new charity, Nana’s Music Box
, which collects gently used music and music devices (cassettes and cassette players, CDs and CD players, iPods and earbuds) for memory care residences.
We have a number of senior centers in the area, and they are a fantastic source for inexpensive classes and fun! The Cape Henlopen Senior Center
offers everything from billiards to Mah Jongg to quilting to Tai Chi to woodcarving to dance classes to well, you get the picture. Go play!
Seasoned bartenders are a treasure, and we were delighted to discover that one of our faves, Ginger Breneman
, is now at Bluecoast
A shout out to Pat Vogt, the amazing manager of Conley Chapel Thrift Store
. In addition to running one of the nicest, most organized shops, she belongs to a charitable group of women who have Lunch With a Purpose
. These women raise funds for under-served organizations in Sussex County. Thanks for all you do!
What has a list of all the area’s thrift stores, NINE local event calendars, a guide to local gyms and yoga studios, places to volunteers, area clubs and organizations, where to find adult learning classes and SO MUCH MORE? Why it’s the Local Buzz website! Enjoy!
Bee sure to follow the Buzz on FB in between issues. Until then, happiest of holidays to each and every one of you, and a very happy New Year too!