The Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour, now in its 73rd year, will return live and be held in its traditional two-day, self-paced format from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 11 and Wednesday, July 12.
The cottage tour committee volunteers have worked hard to vet and secure another distinctive selection of local homes that showcase the best of the area’s art and design. The 10 homes on this year’s tour offer a variety of landscapes, interior and architectural designs, ranging from historically significant to contemporary and sleek. Some homes have quite an evolving history, and many homeowners showcase memories, artwork and collections in creative ways.
Jean Doran is this year’s cottage tour artist, depicting the collection of coastal homes through her artistic eye. A rendering of each home is presented to the homeowners and featured in the event program.
As part of the tour, which remains one of the Rehoboth Art League’s biggest summer fundraisers, Howard Eberle’s original watercolor, “Ocean Finds,” is up for raffle, with tickets available to purchase in the art league’s Corkran Gallery for $5 each or 5 for $20. The artist has generously donated this piece of artwork to benefit the mission of the art league.
The ticket for the tour is a commemorative program booklet with an image and description of each home on the tour. Tickets are $40 per person (appropriate for ages 13 and above) and may be purchased online at RehobothArtLeague.org. After Friday, June 30, tickets are available for purchase or pickup at the art league’s Henlopen Acres campus, 12 Dodds Lane, or at homes on the cottage tour on tour days. Please note, tickets previously purchased on the RAL website and by phone must be picked up at RAL.
Tickets for the tour are also available at the following locations after Thursday, June 29: In Rehoboth Beach at Bellinger’s Jewelers, Browseabout Books, Design Center of Rehoboth, Farmer Girl Exotic Gardens, Windsor’s Flowers & Plants, and J. Conn Scott; in Fenwick at Carolina Street; in Lewes at Community Bank of Delaware and Lewes Gourmet; and in Bethany Beach at Sea Needles. Tickets for the tour are also available the day of the tour at any of the homes, based on availability, and the Rehoboth Art League.
Parking is very limited at several of the tour homes, so free parking will be available at Rehoboth Elementary School, 500 Stockley St. From this location, the Rehoboth Art League is providing Jolly Trolley transportation for ticket holders. Shuttle service, which will run continuous loops to all houses on the tour, will begin running at 9:45 a.m. and continue until the tour’s end each day.
The Rehoboth Art League is a membership-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to teaching, preserving and inspiring the arts in the region.