Cape Life Briefs Fall 2019

October 2, 2019

Sons of American Revolution to mark grave Oct. 5

The Caesar Rodney Chapter of the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will mark the grave of John McCabe (1727-1800) at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, at Redmens Cemetery, near 24 Cemetery Road in Selbyville. John McCabe enlisted in Delaware’s Continental Regiment the winter of 1776-77, and served in nearly every Revolutionary battle until they returned in January 1783. The grave marking will include the SAR, as well as several other historical and heritage groups to honor the contributions of those who fought for the country’s independence. The purpose of the Sons of the American Revolution is to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, an appreciation for true patriotism, a respect for national symbols, and the value of American citizenship, the unifying force of “e pluribus unum” that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people. For more information, call Larry Josefowski and or 302-857-0123.

Bark for Life Sussex County set Oct. 5 in Millsboro

The Second Annual Bark for Life of Sussex County will be held from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday Oct. 5, at American Legion Post 28 on Route 24 near Millsboro. The non-competitive walking event for dogs and their owners raises funds to support the American Cancer Society’s work toward a world with less cancer ... and more birthdays. Attendees can enjoy an afternoon of games, contests, demonstrations, food trucks, music and fun, all for a serious cause. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

Vietnam Veterans memorial replica at Ocean View VFW until Oct. 6

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View will host The Wall That Heals, a 3/4-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., until Sunday, Oct. 6, on the post grounds. People may visit to remember fallen service members, friends and relatives. 

There will be educational exhibits, a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter on display, honors ceremonies, candlelight ceremonies and reading of names. Admission and parking are free, with free shuttle service. VFW Post 7234 is at 29265 Marshy Branch Road, Ocean View. 

For more information, call 302-539-9981.

Latino Communities in Sussex County discussion set Oct. 7

Delaware Community Foundation, in partnership with La Colectiva de Delaware, will host Latino Communities in Sussex County: A DCF Focus Conversation from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown. Attendees will learn how to get involved with collaborative projects building opportunity and improving quality of life for Latino Delawareans in Sussex County. Facilitators will also share and discuss Perspectives on the Latino Population in Sussex County, Delaware, a recent research study commissioned by the foundation.

La Colectiva de Delaware is a network of nonprofit providers, school and community leaders, and Latino community members that inspires, advances and facilitates the development of sustainable, collaborative approaches to improve the lives of Latino youth and families. Initiated as a partnership between La Esperanza, the Matt Haley Trust and the Arsht-Cannon Fund in late 2017, the La Colectiva network continues to thrive thanks to its new leadership and the engagement of a growing number of statewide and Latino community partners.

For more information, contact Yolanda Rushdan at 302-504-5239.

Milton women’s club to meet Oct. 8

The Women's Club of Milton’s monthly meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 307 Federal St., Milton. WCOM is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose members are unified by the common desire to serve their community through volunteer service and fundraising to enrich the lives of others. All are welcome. Visit for more information.

Bird seed orders due Oct. 9 to Friends of Cape Henlopen

The Annual Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park Bird Seed Sale provides an economical way to stock up on seeds for the winter. Orders must be placed by  Wednesday, Oct. 9, and picked up from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at the park’s maintenance garage. Volunteers will help load purchases into people’s cars.

The items available, all premium seeds, include various types of sunflower seeds, peanuts, thistle, safflower, white millet, corn, suet, and several wild bird seed mixes. There are more than 20 choices as to variety and size of bag.

Order forms are available at the park office and the Seaside Nature Center. To download a form, go to Friends members are eligible for a 10 percent discount.

Completed forms may be mailed with checks to: Birdseed Sale, c/o FOCHSP, P.O. Box 132, Nassau, DE 19969.

The Birthday Project yard sale set Oct. 11-12

The Birthday Project will hold its semiannual fundaising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12, at 138 Cornwall Road, Rehoboth Beach. The Birthday Project is a 501c3 operating in Sussex County that matches children in need with an adult whose birthday is on or near the child’s birthday. The obligation is to send the child a gift once a year, on their birthday, to honor how special each child is. All money earned goes directly to The Birthday Project; for details go to, and find on Facebook.

Clubs partner to help homeless Oct. 12

The First State Corvette Club and Dover Lions Club have joined forces to collect new and gently used winter wear at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Willis Chevrolet in Smyrna. Donations will be given to organizations that help the homeless. In return for donations, people can have their photos taken seated in America's greatest sports car, a Chevrolet Corvette. Using phones or cameras, donors can take as many photos as they wish of friends seated in the different Corvettes on display. Those interested but unable to attend can contact Warren Hensley at 302-535-3005 to make other arrangements for a donation and photo. The Lions will be accepting eyeglasses and frames as well. In case of inclement weather, a new date and time will be announced.

Toys For Tots seeks volunteers; campaign begins Oct. 16

Sussex County Marine Corps League Diamond State Detachment 704 will hold its annual Toys for Tots campaign from Wednesday, Oct. 16, to Wednesday, Dec. 11. The Diamond State Toys for Tots campaign collects toys from charitable Sussex County residents and businesses, and then distributes them to county children in need to help them have a happy Christmas. With the help of volunteers, the 2018 campaign distributed more than 8,000 toys to 950 county families. Volunteers are needed to help inventory and package toys. For more information or to volunteer, email Bob Davis, coordinator, at

Women’s Suffrage Hall of Fame induction set Oct. 17

The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Subcommittee of the Delaware Heritage Commission announced a Hall of Fame Celebration will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at Dover Downs. Honorees will be Tania Culley, Drewry N. Fennell, Delaware Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden, Maria Matos, Blanch Williams Stubbs and Marie Swajeski. For more information, call 302-744-5077.

Sussex Republican Women to celebrate 19th Amendment Oct. 20

The Sussex County Republican Women’s Club Fall Into Fashion fundraiser planning committee, led by Marilyn Booker, met recently. The buffet luncheon event will be held from 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. Club members will model fashions from Twila Farrell in Lewes. The event will include a bake sale, and door prizes and silent auction items contributed by local merchants. Attendees are encouraged to wear something yellow in celebration of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and passage of the 19th Amendment. Tickets are $40 per person, and there will be a cash bar. For more information, email

Barn dance fundraiser to benefit therapeutic riding Oct. 19

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding will host its 4th Annual Barn Dance fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at its indoor arena, 17170 Harbeson Road, Milton.

Guests will dance to the music of the Mason Dixon Band and enjoy dinner prepared by Whole Roast Barbecue. Tickets for dancing and dinner are $45, which includes one drink ticket. There will be a cash bar, silent auction and 50/50 raffle.

Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding is a nonprofit entity. It is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International-affiliated center in Sussex and Kent counties.

Its certified therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers have served the greater Delmarva area with equine-assisted therapy since 1988. The group is dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults living with disabilities in a supportive environment for both riders and their families.

For more information, go to

Playing Detective With Old Photographs program set Oct. 19

Laurel Historical Society will present Playing Detective With Old Photographs, featuring guest speaker John Fillmore, at a dinner event starting at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Laurel. Fillmore, a native Delawarean and retired history teacher with a master’s degree in applied technology, has always been fascinated with old photographs. He has developed this interest into a service in which he digitizes and restores old photographs. He has made multiple contributions to the image collection of the Delaware Public Archives, and the collections of several local historical societies. A reception with cash bar for wine and beer will start at 5:30 p.m. A buffet dinner catered by the Southern Grille will be served at 6 p.m. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. For more information, go to

Geneaological society to meet Oct. 19

The Sussex County Genealogical Society meets at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Lewes Public Library, and all are welcome.

At the Oct. 19 meeting, Patti Gillespie will present a webinar, Armchair Mysteries Solved at Home with Old School Communication and New School Technology.

For more information, go to

Harvest Moon fundraiser to benefit senior center Oct. 19

Nanticoke Senior Center will host a Harvest Moon fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19. Attendees can enjoy a sumptuous full buffet and cash bar, and can bid on ticket auction and silent auction items. Dance music will be provided by DJ Sky Brady. At 4:30 p.m., attendees may register for a cornhole tournament at $20 per team with a 75 percent payout. Cornhole games start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person or $95 per couple. To purchase tickets, visit Nanticoke Senior Center at Hooper’s Landing, 1001 West Locust St., Seaford, or go to For more information, call 302-629-4939.  All proceeds benefit the Nanticoke Senior Center’s services including a lunch program, socialization, local and extended trips and a homebound meal program.

Cupcake contest at American Legion Post 28 Oct. 26

For National Make a Difference Day, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 will host cupcake wars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Post 28 bingo hall in Millsboro. For those ready to fire up the mixers and prepare those sprinkles, the entry fee is $10 to enter 24 cupcakes. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m. Surprise guest judges will award prizes for taste, creativity, table presentation and cupcake display. Cupcakes will be sold for $1 each. Those who purchase six cupcakes will receive a free container. For more information or to sign up, call Beth at 302-381-3897 or email

Vendor registration due Oct. 26 for CHEER craft show

CHEER Inc. will host its annual fall holiday craft and hobby show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Warren L. and Charles C. Allen Jr. CHEER Community Center on Sand Hill Road east of Georgetown. The show is open to the public. In the past, merchandise at the show has ranged from books, baseball cards, toys, woodworking and T-shirts to leather goods, magazines, antiques, military memorabilia, jewelry and much more. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase during the day at Marilyn’s Café inside the CHEER Center. Vendor space is available to the public. An 8-foot table may be rented for $35; each additional table (limit 2) is $10. Displays requiring an electrical source will be placed along the perimeter, and a $5 charge will apply. For more vendor information, contact Carmel Rickenbach at 302-515-3048 or email Advance registration is due by Saturday, Oct. 26. CHEER Inc. is a nonprofit agency that promotes healthy and active lifestyles for seniors in Sussex County. Proceeds from this event benefit CHEER’s Cooking for Seniors kitchen-building capital campaign.

Wags, Witches and Warlocks event to benefit SPCA Oct. 26

Wags, Witches and  Warlocks, an annual Halloween festival and parade, will be held to benefit the Brandywine Valley SPCA Saturday, Oct. 26, in Bethany Beach. Hosted by the Leslie Kopp Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, the event brings families and pets to town for a day of fun while raising money and awareness for the SPCA. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the parade gets underway at 10 a.m., with the costume contest at 10:30 a.m. Revelers may safely trick or treat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town businesses. For more information, go to

Trunk or treat an American Legion Oct. 27

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 in Millsboro will hold trunk or treat from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the post pavilion. There will be lots of goodies, face painting and fun. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. If it rains, the event will move into the bingo hall. For more information, contact June Jones at 484-571-9214 or go to

Bob Lougheed and Memphis Mafia to play in Millsboro Nov. 9

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 28 presents Bob Lougheed and the Memphis Mafia Saturday, Nov. 9, at the American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro. Lunch will be served from 12 to 1 p.m., with the show set for 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and include lunch. Sponsored by the Warrior Weekend program, the show is a tribute to wounded warriors and their families visiting Delaware. For tickets and reserved seating contact Beth at 302-381-3897 or Linda at 302-945-5387. Tickets will be sold in advance only. No tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, go to

Friends of Lewes library seeks board nominees by Nov. 14

The Friends of the Lewes Public Library is seeking candidates from the greater Lewes area to serve three-year appointments on the board of directors. Interested individuals must be current members of the Friends of the Lewes Public Library. To be considered, send a completed application to President Candace Vessella, Friends of the Lewes Public Library Board of Directors, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes, DE 19958, by Thursday, Nov. 14. Applications may be picked up at the library or downloaded from the Friends page of the Lewes Public Library website. The purpose of the Friends board of directors is to raise funds for purchasing lending materials including books, sponsoring performances and enhancing the children's program, as well as promoting the library. The Friends operate the Just Between Friends Shop in the library and is seeking individuals willing to be active board members to enhance and improve the all-volunteer operation of this enterprise and other fundraising activities. Board meetings are held monthly. For more information, contact Candace Vessella at 302-703-2212 or go to

Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers exercise classes

Cape Henlopen Senior Center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach, offers a variety of exercise classes for seniors 55 and older. On Mondays, Sit & Get Fit is 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and Balance Class is 2 to 3 p.m.; Tuesdays - Tai Chi, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Zumba, 3 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays - Arthritis Exercises, 9 to 10 a.m. and Fitness Circuit Training, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays - Yoga, 1 to 2 p.m., Dancercise, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and Chair Yoga, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Fridays - Sit & Get Fit, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., Ballroom Aerobics, 10:20 to 11:20 a.m., and Tai Chi, 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Cost for each class is $5. All class instructors are certified.

For more information, call 302-227-2055.

Beebe Auxiliary seeks volunteers

Beebe Auxiliary, a local volunteer group, is nearing its 83rd anniversary. The group currently has 170 members.

The auxiliary needs volunteers, any age, young or seasoned, to help out at the Beebe Treasure Chest Thrift Store, open seven days a week in the Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 behind Candy Kitchen. Volunteers can choose the hours they want to work. Tasks include sorting donated items, arranging displays, restocking shelves and working the cash register. Especially needed are young, strong individuals who can help with furniture pickups and deliveries.

Volunteers are also needed at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus to help in the gift shop as well as the east and west information desks.

To submit volunteer applications, go to For more information, email Nancy Almacy at or call 302-703-2600.

Use Rehoboth library card for online resource access 

Many Rehoboth Beach Public Library users don’t realize the wide variety of valuable resources their library card can unlock.

If they enjoy browsing through current magazines or looking up articles from past issues, it’s as easy as visiting the library website,, and looking up Flipster Digital Magazines under the Resources link. Magazines can be viewed page by page on a PC, laptop, or tablet, and articles can be printed out if needed.

For card holders with a Kindle, Nook or other e-reader who would like to borrow an ebook rather than buying one, there’s a Resources link to find out how to download an app for that. The Resources tab also will provide access to the entire available ebook collection, searchable by title, content, author or language.

There are also links to countywide and statewide library databases, the Library of Congress, and more.

For more information on accessing these and other library services, go to, call 302-227-8044 or stop by the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

Fowler Beach at Prime Hook NWR closed through Sept. 1

The Fowler Beach area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the bay beach, dunes and back-barrier portions, is now closed entirely for the benefit of federally and state protected beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species. All access is prohibited. Area closures are subject to change and/or modification at any time. Access to Fowler Beach will reopen Sunday, Sept. 1, for full use by wildlife dependent visitors. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is located just off Route 16 near Broadkill Beach at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-8419 or go to

Association seeks Army's 2nd Infantry Division members for reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division at any time. The association will host its 98th annual reunion Wednesday to Sunday, Sept. 18 to 22, in Tucson, Ariz. For more information, contact Bob Haynes at or call 224-225-1202.

Geneaology help offered first Saturdays

The Sussex County Genealogical Society and the Lewes Historical Society sponsor a monthly genealogist in residence program at the Lewes History Museum, Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, 101 Adams Ave., Lewes, the site of the old library. From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month, SCGS members are available to help people begin or advance their family history research. No appointment is needed. For more information, go to

Millsboro Lions collect eyeglasses

Millsboro Lions Club collects eyeglasses to recycle for new wearers. Eyeglasses may be dropped off at the following collection sites: Accurate Eye, Peninsula Crossing, 26670 Centerview Drive No. 5, Millsboro; American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro; Best Ace Hardware Long Neck, 32362 Long Neck Road, Millsboro; Christian Storehouse, 149 Mitchell St., Millsboro; Delaware Eye Clinic, office of Dr. Jaoude, 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton; Indian River Senior Center, 214 Irons Ave., Millsboro; Millsboro Public Library, 217 W. State St., Millsboro; Millsboro Post Office, 100 Main St., Millsboro; and Sussex Eye Long Neck, 32030 Long Neck Road, Millsboro.

Child advocates needed

The Office of the Child Advocate-Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Delaware is expanding its efforts to represent the interests of abused and neglected children. The program is seeking qualified adults to serve as CASA volunteers. These are trained members of the community appointed by Family Court judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court proceedings. The CASA volunteer conducts an independent investigation into the child’s life, and provides information and recommendations to the judge. CASA volunteers work with attorneys, social workers and family members to attain the goal of a safe and permanent home for each child.

CASA volunteers have varied professional, educational and ethnic backgrounds. They are selected on the basis of their objectivity, competence and commitment. Each volunteer accepted into the program must complete 30 hours of initial training. Casework supervision is provided by full-time program coordinators.

The problems of child abuse and neglect belong to everyone. To be a part of the solution, be a CASA volunteer. Classes are forming now for training statewide. To apply, go to

Toastmasters seek new members; club meets in Georgetown

Southern Delaware Toastmasters is seeking individuals who would like to become confident at public speaking and improve their leadership skills at the same time. The club offers a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows members to achieve their goals at a pace that’s right for them. The Southern Delaware Toastmasters club meets at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Georgetown Public Library, 123 W. Pine St., Georgetown. For those who are interested in learning about Toastmasters, visitors are welcome to observe meetings a few times before becoming members. For more information, go to

Optimist Club meets first and third Mondays

The Optimist Club of Sussex County meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the first and third Mondays of each month at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown. All Sussex County residents who would like to promote optimism and help children develop to their full potential are invited to join. For more information, email

Lewes library seeks groups to display information in lobby

Nonprofit organizations or community groups looking to reach more people may be able to place information in the lobby display case at Lewes Public Library. The library is seeking groups to organize informational displays for a two-week period in its lobby display case which is seen by the hundreds of people who walk through the library doors every day. For nonprofit agencies, this is an opportunity to educate the community. For community groups, this is a chance to let others know what they offer and to recruit new members. To schedule a time period, contact Rebecca Lowe, library development director, at 302-645-2733, Ext. 4117, or

Commemorative brick paver sale to benefit Rehoboth library

Rehoboth Beach Public Library is now selling commemorative brick pavers to be engraved with memories or milestones such as remembering loved ones, weddings, births, graduations and anniversaries. The library has adopted the fundraiser from Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Each commemorative brick is $175, and all purchases are 100 percent tax deductible. Proceeds will help the Rehoboth library maintain its commitment to the vibrant seaside community. Commemorative bricks are installed in the Penny Lane area, in the beach block between Rehoboth and Wilmington avenues. For more information or to purchase a brick, go to, or call 302-227-8044.

Volunteers needed for Guardianship Monitoring Program

There are approximately 1,200 active adult guardianship cases in the State of Delaware. These vulnerable individuals are adults who have been deemed incapacitated by the Court of Chancery and have had guardians appointed to make medical and/or financial decisions on their behalf. The Guardianship Monitoring Program is in need of volunteers to meet with these individuals, in care facilities as well as in the community, and to update the court on their current health and well-being. The program is seeking both individual volunteers and those interested in volunteering as partners, in all three Delaware counties. This is an extremely flexible and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Volunteers must be at least 18, pass a background check, have reliable transportation with valid insurance and attend a brief training session. For more information, contact Theresa Marsico, volunteer services coordinator, Office of the Public Guardian at or 302-223-1794.

Alliance for Racial Justice seeks members

The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice educates, informs and advocates for racial justice, equality and fair opportunity. Anyone who is interested in ending racism and its corrosive consequences is invited to join free. Monthly meetings are held at Trinity Faith Christian Center in Lewes. Monthly book discussions are held at Lewes library. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter and to see a calendar of events, go to

PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets second Tuesdays

PFLAG–Rehoboth Beach provides support, education, and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, their loved ones, family and friends, to cope with the unique challenges each of them may face. It can be difficult to learn that oneself or a loved one is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. PFLAG offers a safe place for people who have questions or would like share their experiences with others. PFLAG provides a confidential setting that is respectful of human diversity. PFLAG-Rehoboth Beach meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Lewes Public Library. Everyone is welcome. For more information, go to or contact Linda Gregory at 302-841-1339 or

Read Aloud Delaware seeks volunteers to read to children

Read Aloud Delaware is looking for volunteers who love to read to children. Volunteers usually read one to two hours per week in local child care centers. To sign up online, go to For more information, call 302-856-2527.

Delaware offers online help for veterans

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs has launched an online application for making donations to programs that serve veterans. Donors can easily make online contributions to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund and the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. To find the  DCVA mobile-friendly application, go to www, The commission is dedicated to assisting veterans and their family members in obtaining benefits and coordinating support programs. Users can designate donations to the Delaware Veterans Trust Fund to help assist veterans with immediate needs or toward projects such as beautification of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemeteries for commemorative events honoring Delaware veterans or the Memorial Tree in memory of a loved one. Donations can be made in honor of a specific individual or cause. For more information, go to