Fall is fabulous at the beach

October 29, 2019

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival celebrated its 30th year this fall, drawing great musicians and great audiences from across the nation and the Cape Region.

It’s a musical extravaganza that fills venues from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes to Epworth Church and the convention center in Rehoboth Beach and the Rusty Rudder in Dewey – and literally dozens of venues in between.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and the True Blue Jazz Festival have delighted generations of audiences, overflowing our venues to fill our streets and restaurants with music.

Jazz festival comes on the heels of the Nanticoke Powwow, two events that energize our beach towns heading into winter. Next up were Fall Back Into Milton and Zombie Festival in Dewey, offering plenty of activities to get families outside on a beautiful day and get their costumes ready for the 30th annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach.

It’s hard to believe a parade could attract 100,000 people to Rehoboth in October, but year after year people pour into town for activities leading up to Saturday’s parade. Whether it’s a family with a wagon full of children or a dazzling mermaid float, this is an absolutely charming parade whether you’re part of it or lining the Avenue to watch..

Saturday’s events are normally followed by Sunday’s pet parade, but torrential rains canceled it, disappointing hundreds of creatures who didn’t get their chance to show off. Once the rain passed, the sun burst through for an afternoon so warm children and skimboarders headed into the surf for a moment of summer revisited.

With all this, Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival is now on the horizon, followed by tree-lightings and Christmas parades.

Fall is bright, beautiful and filled with music and film in the Cape Region, thanks to the many organizations that spend the whole year organizing and preparing these events.

We salute the hard work and the indomitable spirit of the people who make them possible, and the high level of expertise they and our first responders show in pulling them off so flawlessly.


  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, Publisher Emeritus, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, Sports Editor Emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, Associate Editor; Nick Roth, Sports Editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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