Support local artists and get a head start on your holiday shopping at the 6th annual Developing Artist Collaboration Dewey Sip & Shop Nov. 27-29.
Artisans and vendors will showcase unique gift ideas in the parking lot of the former Forgotten Mile Ale House, a new location this year provided by Schell Brothers & Project Kudos to allow for more space and social distancing.
Developing Artist Collaboration Director Leah Beach said more than 30 local artists and small businesses will exhibit their art and homemade wares in the 130-foot, open-ended outdoor tent in the large parking lot.
An outdoor area with socially distanced tables and heaters will be available for seating and eating while enjoying live music, food trucks, complimentary beer and refreshments. Shoppers will receive an “Art is Essential” tote bag filled with goodies from business sponsors.
Beach said the fun holiday shopping experience supports local artists and small businesses.
“We founded this incredible community event six years ago that has turned into the largest handmade holiday shopping event in Delaware,” Beach said. “Though we are really sad not to have it at The Starboard this year, we are so excited to expand this concept to safely reach shoppers this Black Friday weekend.”
Organizers are following strict COVID-19 protocols this year to ensure the safety of guests, vendors and volunteers. Masks are required and temperatures will be taken before entering the vendor tent.
Vendor tent capacity will be limited, and all gatherings in the parking lot will be socially distanced.
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.
“These vulnerable handmade small businesses are the ones that have been hit the hardest by this pandemic, and we need you more than ever to support them,” Beach said.
Online shopping will be available on Black Friday at developingarts.org.
The Forgotten Mile Ale House is located at 20859 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth. Parking will be off-street and signage will indicate where to park; handicap parking will be available on-site.