Lively fall and winter scene ahead


While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options for entertainment through the fall and winter. From independent films and art exhibits to athletic events and seasonal offerings, there’s plenty for beachgoers and inlanders of all ages.

So, if you’re looking for something to do as the weather gets chilly and the nights get longer, here’s a glimpse of the months ahead, full of things sure to keep us busy through at least March:

Nov. 7
Friends of the South Coastal Library restaurant night at Sedona in Bethany Beach: A portion of the evening’s receipts will be donated to the FOSCL capital campaign, starting at 5 p.m.

Nov. 7-8
Gallery 50 Fall Film Series. Admission is free to this film series. For more information and the schedule, visit www.50contemporaryart.com.

Nov. 7-9
The 11th Annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. For more information, visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com or call (302) 645-9095.

Nov. 7-21
The Works of Michael Krausz – an exhibit of works by Michael Krausz at Philip Morton Gallery. Opening reception Friday, Nov. 7, 5-8 p.m. to meet the artist. For more information, visit www.philipmortongallery.com.

Nov. 8
Bird Seed and Book Fair by Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seaside Nature Center. Advance order forms are available at www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org.

Second Saturday Art Walk. Mosaic: The Rehoboth Beach Gallery Collective presents its monthly art walk from 4 to 7 p.m.

“The Sweet Sounds of Jazz” – Joe Baione & His Quartet featuring Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss” and many more jazz favorites, 8 p.m., Milton Theatre. Tickets cost $18 or $15. For more information, visit www.miltontheatre.org.

“Remembering Our Veterans,” Fort Miles Historical Area, Cape Henlopen State Park, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Fort Miles Historical Association. For more information, call (302) 645-0753 or visit www.fortmilesha.org online.

Nov. 8-9
Fallfest of Fine Arts and Christmas Craft Expo, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. Juried art show features fine art painters, sculptors and mixed-media high crafts with the themed Christmas craft show features juried artists and fine crafters. Admission is charged and includes both shows. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Donald A. Hastings at (410) 524-9177 or duckmandon@comcast.net.

Nov. 9
Southern Delaware Bridal Expo, hosted by the Heritage Shores Club, with local vendors, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is complimentary. For more information, visit thttp://www.heritageshoresclub.com

Nov. 11
The Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts presents “In the Mood: A Veteran’s Day Celebration,” Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts, 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. A live 16-piece band and dance and vocal numbers aim to capture the essence of the Glen Miller sound. Show times at 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35, with a dinner-and-show package available. For more information, call (302) 227-9310 or visit www.rehobothbeachtheater.com.

Nov. 13-Dec.23
Small Works 2 – Gallery 50 presents “Small Works 2,” with small, affordable art by all represented artists. Reception Sat. Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m. at Rehoboth’s Gallery 50. For more information, visit http://50contemporaryart.com.

Nov. 15
Indian River Life-Saving Station Lantern Tour, at Indian River Life-Saving Station, Delaware Seashore State Park, Saturdays Nov. 15 and 22, at 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a unique, guided lantern tour of the museum led by an interpreter in turn-of-the-century Life-Saving Service patrol garb. They can walk the same beach where the surfmen performed their nightly patrols more than 100 years ago, scanning the waters for signs of ships in distress. Those attending should dress for the weather. The program fee is $5 per person. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. For more information, call (302) 227-6991

Dakkota, presented by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, Bayside Community, intersection of Route 54 and Route 20, past Harris Teeter Grocery Store, at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dakkota combines the melodies of country with the drive of Southern rock to produce their own distinct sound. Their highly energetic, interactive stage show and newly released album has allowed them to perform with the biggest names in country music. All ages welcome. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. For more information, visit www.freemanfoundation.org.

“A Salute to Miss Peggy Lee,” starring Beth McDonald and her band, featuring the Peggy Lee classics and more, 8 p.m. at the Milton Theatre. Tickets cost $18/$15. For more information, visit www.miltontheatre.org.

Nov. 16
Hike the Trail Challenge at Cape Henlopen – Junction and Breakwater Trail, Seaside Outlets, Route 1, Rehoboth Beach, 1 p.m. Hikers can join a naturalist on a guided hike and get their card punched to complete the Cape Henlopen portion of the Trail Challenge. They will meet at the trailhead behind the Seaside Outlets. For more information, call (302) 645-8983.

Nov. 19
Friends of the South Coastal Library restaurant night at Matteo’s Salsa Loco in Bethany Beach: A portion of the evening’s receipts will be donated to the FOSCL capital campaign, starting at 5 p.m.

Nov. 20
Clear Space Chorus Holiday Concert: “Every Day’s A Holiday!” Doug Yetter conducts this year’s holiday chorus concert at 7 p.m. at DelTech in Georgetown. For more information, call (302) 644-3810 or visit www.ClearSpaceProductions.org.

Nov. 20-Dec. 29
Carousel Winter Wonderland, Carousel Hotel Resort, 118th St., Ocean City, Md.: Dazzling holiday decorations, indoor ice skating rink open to the public. Admission to ice skating rink includes skates. Open Monday-Friday, 4- 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.carouselhotel.com or call 800-641-0011.

Nov. 20-Jan. 1
Winterfest of Lights, Ocean City (Md.) Inlet Parking Lot and Northside Park at 127th Street:Ocean City’s award-winning light displays begin with the tunnel of lights at the Inlet where visitors will find the beach filled with lights boasting a nautical theme. They can travel the avenues of Ocean City to see the old-fashioned lighted wreaths, then it’s on to Northside Park to see hundreds of animated lighted displays. There, they can relax in the heated tent to sip hot chocolate or browse Yukon Cornelius’ gift shop for a special gift and have a photo taken with Santa. Then they can board the Winterfest Express to tour the lights, including the themed exhibits of the Twelve Days of Christmas and favorite fairy tales. A small fee is charged to ride the tram. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. For more information, call 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326) or (410) 250-0125.

Nov. 21
Clear Space Chorus Holiday Concert: “Every Day’s A Holiday!” Doug Yetter conducts this year’s holiday chorus concert at Mariner’s Bethel UMC in Ocean View at 3 p.m. For more information, call (302) 644-3810 or visit www.ClearSpaceProductions .org.

Nov. 22
Turkey Trot golf tourney: One of the last chances for a golf tournament before cold weather, featuring a four-player scramble for adults, includes a turkey feast after play. For more information, visit www.eagleslandinggolf.com or call (410) 213-7277.

Rehoboth Beach Running Co.’s first annual marathon: A scenic marathon starting in Rehoboth. For more information, call (302) 227-4848 or visit http://www.runningrehoboth.com.

Nov. 23
The Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts presents “The Sound of Christmas” at Rehoboth Beach Theatre of the Arts, 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23, Nov. 29, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 14 and performances at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. “The spirit of Christmas comes alive in this year’s “The Sound of Christmas,” featuring dazzling costumes and scenery. The same sounds our parents played for us and we now play for our children are performed live on stage with a dynamic cast of singers and dancers.” Tickets cost $35, with a dinner-and-show package available. For more information, call (302) 227-9310 or visit www.rehobothbeachtheater.com.

Nov. 28
Rehoboth Beach Holiday Tree Lighting, Rehoboth Beach bandstand. Capping the Black Friday shopping day, holiday revelers will gather at the bandstand for the holiday tree lighting and to sing holiday songs in a hometown tradition. For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.rehomain.com.

Fall Arts Night, downtown Berlin, Md. A unique evening of art as shops and galleries offer free admission, showcasing local artists work, Friday, 6-9 p.m. For more information, call (410) 641-4775 or visit www.berlinmdcc.org.

Nov. 28-29
2nd Annual Black Friday 550 Rockfish Tournament, Ocean City (Md.) Fishing Center. For more information, call (410) 213-1121.

Southern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tour features 18 artists hosting visitors at their studios throughout the area. Art-in-the-Hat raffle raises money for art programs in local schools. Free to the public. For more information, visit artstudiotour.com online, contact Justin Cavagnaro at (302) 732-0161 or Damon Pla at (302) 537-6945, mail SEDAST, P.O. Box 1154, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, or e-mail art@artstudiotour.com.

Nov. 28-30
Holiday Shopper’s Fair, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. A unique holiday shopping experience with quality crafts, photography, florals, soaps, jewelry, Nascar items, toys and more. Children’s activities and a non-shoppers lounge. Admission is charged. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Janice Cropper at (410) 723-8605 or 800-OC-OCEAN. (800-626-2326).

Nov. 28-Dec. 31
Boardwalk of Lights in Rehoboth Beach: Visitors can enjoy Christmas light displays along the Boardwalk, the holiday tree lighting and Santa’s House. For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.rehomain.com.

Nov. 29
“The Fort Next Door: Holidays at Fort Miles” at Fort Miles, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes, from 11 a.m. to noon. Learn how the soldiers of Fort Miles celebrated holidays and special events during the war years. Meet at the Fort Miles Orientation Building. For more information, call (302) 645-8983.

Nov. 30
Hike the Trail Challenge at Cape Henlopen – Dune Overlook Trail, Cape Henlopen State Park, 42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes. Join a naturalist on a guided hike and get a card punched to complete the Cape Henlopen portion of the Trail Challenge. Follow old military roads and trails through mature pine forest and forested wetlands along the edge of a salt marsh. For more information, call (302) 645-8983

Dec. 1
Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade, downtown Rehoboth Beach, 6:30 p.m. – a holiday tradition at the beach. For more information, call (302) 441-8615

Dec. 5
Selbyville Christmas Parade, Church Street, Selbyville – This parade opens the local holiday season with marching bands, antique cars, beauty queens, elaborate floats and Santa Claus. For more information, call (302) 539-2100 or visit www.thequietresorts.com.

Dec. 5-7
Children’s Beach House Benefit Art Show, Children’s Beach House, Lewes: An art show benefitting children with special needs in the state of Delaware. For more information, contact Rich Garrett at (302) 655-4288) or visit www.cbhinc.org.

Dec. 6
Ocean City Christmas Parade, Ocean City, Md., 11 a.m.: Floats, bands and marching units highlight this annual holiday tradition. Parade route will be announced. Presented by the Gold Coast Mall Merchants Association. For more information, call (410) 524-9000 or e-mail honijarvis@cs.com.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Presents: The Holiday Concert, Mariner’s Bethel Church, Ocean View, starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony .org.

Christmas Tour of Lewes: Private homes and Lewes Historical Society museums decorated for the season. Experience the great holiday traditions in a small seaside town. For more information, visit www.historiclewes.org.

Victorian Christmas Celebration, Julia A. Purnell Museum, 208 W. Market Street, Snow Hill, Md., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attend an old-fashioned holiday party with Victorian music, decorations and refreshments. Admission is charged. For more information, contact Claire Otterbein at (410) 632-0515 or visit www.purnellmuseum.com.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Community Church at Ocean Pines, Md., Route 589, 7:30 p.m.: Begin the holiday season with a festive concert, favorite carols of the season. Admission is charged. For more information, contact Andrea Barnes at 888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony .org.

Dec. 6-31
Victorian Christmas in Berlin, Berlin, Md., townwide: Month-long celebrations include life-sized storybook window displays, horse-and-carriage rides, house tours, concerts, parade, Victorian fashion show and teas. There is a fee for some events. Call (410) 641-4775 or visit www.berlinmdcc.org for more information.

Dec. 7
Community Unity Dinner – Community spaghetti dinner at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 4-7 p.m. Meal with entertainment by the Tim Laushey Trio, plus Singing Santa and crafts. For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.downtownrehoboth.com.

Charlie Zahm Christmas Concert, Community Lutheran Church, Route 20 and Omar Road, 4 p.m., with Celtic and American folk. For more information, call (302) 644-0256 or visit www.clc19945.org.

Dec. 11
Rehoboth Beach Hospitality Night, downtown Rehoboth Beach, 5-8 p.m. Downtown shops are open from 5 to 8 p.m.; music and fun all around; free horse-and-buggy rides and discounts at restaurants. For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.rehomain.com.

Dec. 12-21
“Nuncrackers” – The non-profit Milton Theatre presents the zany Nunsense comedy “Nuncrackers.” Admission costs $18 for adults or $15 for those older than 65 or younger than 18.

Dec. 14
Hike the Trail Challenge at Cape Henlopen – Pinelands Trail, Cape Henlopen State Park, 42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, beginning at 1 p.m. Join a naturalist on a guided hike and get a card punched to complete the Cape Henlopen portion of the Trail Challenge. Experience the beauty of the maritime forest along the base of the Great Dune. For more information, call (302) 645-8983.

Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, with celebrations townwide at hotels and restaurants. Many Ocean City hotels, clubs and restaurants offer special packages or menus for this special Wednesday night. Call a favorite spot or 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326) for general information.

New Year’s Eve bus rides in the Town of Ocean City: The Town of Ocean City offers free bus services for New Year’s Eve from 6 a.m. New Year’s Eve to 6 a.m. New Year’s Day. Call 800-OC-OCEAN (800-626-2326) for more information.

Jan. 1
The 13th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos and Eighth Annual Hometown Pet Show, Bethany Beach Boardwalk, beginning at noon. Splash into the new year as thousands of spectators cheer hundreds of splashers in the icy ocean. Prior to the splash, pets can strut their stuff in the Hometown Pet Show. For more information, call 800-962-SURF or visit www.thequietresorts.com.

Fifth Annual Fenwick Freeze, Bayard Street Beach, Fenwick Island, 10:30 a.m. The Fenwick Freeze is a way to welcome the New Year as visitors and residents join family, friends and neighbors to put on their bathing suits and take the plunge. The event will be held regardless of rain, shine, snow or sleet. All registrants will receive a commemorative shirt. Registration costs $12 to $25 per person, depending on group size. Forms are available online at www.fenwickisland.org. Proceeds benefit the Fenwick Island Lifeguard National Competition Fund.

Jan. 17-18
Nautical & Wildlife Art Festival and North American Craft Show, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Noted painters, sculptors and photographers highlight this annual show, with the adjoining craft show featuring juried crafters utilizing a variety of media. Admission is charged. For more information, contact Donald A. Hastings at (410) 213-0391 or duckmandon@comcast .net.

Jan. 23-25
East Coast Watermen’s & Aquaculture Expo, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. For more information, visit www.ococean.com.

Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Polar Bear Plunge Weekend in Rehoboth Beach – Hundreds will take the Polar Bear Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean for Special Olympics Delaware. This year’s event encompasses an entire weekend in Rehoboth Beach, from an ice-sculpting contest and 5K run to a restaurant chili contest, there’s plenty of activities for the whole family. For more information and to register, visit www.plungeDE.org.

Feb. 13-15
Seaside Boat Show, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. For more information, visit www.ococean. com.

Feb. 14
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Presents “Love Through the Ages” at Mariner’s Bethel Church, Ocean View, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony.org.

Feb. 15
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Presents “Love Through the Ages” at the Community Church at Ocean Pines, Md., Route 589, at 3 p.m. Admission is charged. A pre-concert talk will be held at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Andrea Barnes at 888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony.org.

Feb. 20-22
Mardi Gras Weekend in Downtown Rehoboth Beach: Restaurants will have New Orleans-inspired food, Bourbon Street beverages, Gumbo Cook-Off at participating restaurants, parties, and beads, beads, beads! For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.rehomain.com.

March 7
19th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The baking contest will feature more restaurant entries than ever before. A day of chocolate, with tastes galore, vendors, a raffle, kids games and much more! Admission costs $2 and those attending can buy as many tastes as they like! It’s all-you-can-eat! Children younger than 5 get in for free. For those who desire lunch in between chocolate appetizers and desserts, Main Street will provide All-American hot dogs and drinks. It’s a day of fun for the whole family! For more information, call (302) 227-2772 or visit www.rehomain.com

March 14-15
Ocean City Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. For more information, visit www.ococean.com.

March 20-22
Home, Condo & Garden Show, Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center, 40th Street and the Bay. For more information, visit www.ococean.com.

March 21
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Presents “The Many Sounds of Music” at Mariner’s Bethel Church, Ocean View, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 888-846-8600 or visit www.midatlanticsymphony.org.

March 28
Mardi Gras Carnival, Carousel Hotel, 117th Street in Ocean City, Md., 7 p.m. to midnight. OCPHC Mardi Gras Carnival is a five-hour, black-tie, open-bar event with cuisine from the best chefs in the area (DCCA) and live entertainment, featuring a large silent auction, street entertainers, palm readers and the crowning of the King and Queen of O.C. Tickets cost $90 per person. For more information, visit www.ocphc. com, or contact India Bandorick at ocphc@comcast.net. To purchase tickets visit www.ocphc.com online, or the Carousel or O.C. Convention Center in person.