Dewey Business Partnership announces winter events

Baywalk tree lighting, ball drop, Dewey Dunk, Winter Gala on tap
November 12, 2021

On the heels of strong summer and fall seasons, the Dewey Business Partnership is set to host its traditional winter events, said Executive Director Kelly Ranieri at the organization’s Nov. 2 meeting.

Ranieri, also a member of the Dewey Beach Marketing Committee, said the town committee will host a tree lighting at the Baywalk at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4.

Next up will be New Year’s Eve festivities and a ball drop beginning at 11:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31, outside Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill, she said, followed by the 12 p.m., Jan. 1 Dewey Dunk on Dagsworthy Avenue oceanside.

This year’s Winter Gala, with a theme of Glow, will take place Saturday, Jan. 29, at Lighthouse Cove Event Center. Tickets should be available via the DBP website around Thanksgiving, said DBP President Steve “Monty” Montgomery, who said organizers hope to raise $10,000 at the signature event.

“One hundred percent of all funds we raise go back into the community in some way,” Montgomery said.

Of special interest, a Dewey Crush spokesperson at the meeting said he hoped to have products back in stores by the end of November/early December after production delays and COVID-related issues.

The company launched its line of canned crush cocktails inspired by The Starboard on Memorial Day weekend and sold out all 8,000 cases by mid-July, the spokesperson said. The company is looking to expand in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., in early 2022, he said. For details, go to

Breakaway Bikes owner Dan Malley, also present at the meeting, said he opened his Izzy Plaza store in May 2020.

“I didn’t know if we could open during lockdown, but bike repair stores were deemed essential,” he said.

Rentals and sales have been picking up, said Malley, who added he’s excited about being part of the town. Breakaway Bikes will close for the month of February and reopen March 1, he said. Go to

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