The sixth annual Dewey Sip & Shop will go on as planned Nov. 27-29 in the former Forgotten Mile Ale House parking lot, Developing Artist Collaboration Director Leah Beach said Nov. 18.
After Gov. John Carney announced a new round of restrictions Nov. 17 that limit outdoor gatherings to 50 people, or 250 people with a plan approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health, Beach obtained approval from DPH to hold the popular shopping event.
More than 30 local artists and small businesses are set to display their wares in a 130-foot, open-ended outdoor tent, including artisan Heidi Lowe, who will bring a selection of her handmade jewelry
“This event is a festive, fun way to do your holiday shopping and support many local artists all in one place,” said Lowe, proprietor of Heidi Lowe Gallery.
Title sponsor Project Kudos and Schell Brothers are installing a tent to cover the outdoor open-air reception area, so the event is rain or shine, Beach said. Socially distanced hightop tables will be available for attendees to relax and enjoy live music each day by local musicians, and food trucks from Bountiful Bowls, SLO-N-LO BBQ, Taco Reho and Grandpa Mac will be on hand.
Complimentary sips of beer and wine will be provided daily over the weekend by Dogfish Head, Revelation Brewery, Big Oyster Brewery, 38-75 Brewing, Dewey Beer Company, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Sposato Vineyards, Brimming Horn Meadery and Mispillion Brewery.
“We spread the beer vendors out over the weekend, so you can visit our website to see what day your favorite brewery will be there,” Beach said. “Breweries will also have merch for sale.”
Masks are required at all times, even while seated, and temperatures will be taken before entering the vendor tent.
“We can not accommodate anyone in our tent without a mask, even if there is a health condition,” Beach said. “We apologize about that.”
Vendor tent capacity will be limited to 30 percent, and all gatherings in the parking lot will be socially distanced. The first 500 shoppers each day will receive a complimentary Art is Essential shopping tote filled with goodies from sponsors.
Anyone who is feeling sick, has a fever or cough, or has been in contact with somebody who has tested or might test positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is asked not to attend.
A digital vendor page will launch on Black Friday at developingarts.org/sipandshop where shoppers can view vendor products and learn how to shop for them online.
Dewey Sip & Shop will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all weekend at The Forgotten Mile Ale House, 20859 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth. Parking is available at the Dunes Hotel, and handicapped spots will be available in the Forgotten Mile parking lot.