A Packed (Fourth of July 2009) Weekend

by Dave on August 22, 2009

This article first appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, July 2, 2009.

The Independence Day weekend has always been a time for fun and frivolity. This year is no different. The options run from kids rock bands to farmers markets to road races, and of course fireworks. Here we lay out the weekend ahead.

THURSDAY

LEWES STEPS OUT
The weekend kicks off tonight at 5:30 at the Lewes Public Beach Parking Lot for Lewes Steps Out for Fitness, a summer-long initiative aimed at increasing the health of people in and around Lewes.

Here’s how it works: participants register at Lewes Beach every other Thursday, starting June 18, between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. After registration on the sign-in dates, all of the participants will then walk to the new Canalfront Park for a variety of brief, fun, healthy-living demonstrations, listed below. Then, getting a nice head start on their next period’s steps, participants can walk back to Lewes Beach where their car is parked.

Registered participants can also finish off their every-other-week sign-ins by dining at one of several downtown Lewes restaurants where they will receive a 10 percent discount. Restaurants offering discounts on those Thursday sign-in dates, to those showing their registration cards, include Besemé, Buttery, Gilligan’s, Half Full, Jerry’s Seafood, Kindle, Second Street Grill and Striper Bites.

Weekend Events (continued)

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’
Thursday night brings a visit to the 1920’s and 30’s Harlem Renaissance with Ain’t Misbehavin’, presented by Montgomery County, Maryland’s Olney Theatre and performed at the Freeman Stage at Bayside west of Fenwick Island (see page 24 for more on the Freeman Stage).

Ain’t Misbehavin’, winner of 4 Tony Awards in 1978, celebrates the music of “Fats” Waller and famous clubs like the Savoy and the Cotton Club and the advent of swing music. The performance begins at 7pm on Thursday and Friday evenings. See FreemanStage.com for more.

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Weekend Events (continued)

LOVE SEED MAMA JUMP
The legendary local jam-band Love Seed Mama Jump takes to the stage on the Rehoboth Bay at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach for their regular Thursday night slot at 9pm. Their mix of rock, folk, funk, and reggae has treated locals and visitors for many years.

FRIDAY

BETHANY BEACH PARADE
The town of Bethany Beach celebrates the 25th anniversary of their 4th of July parade, followed by the 21st annual horseshoe contest. The parade features bands, cars, floats and more, and is completely community-staffed and community-supported.

DCT at MILTON THEATRE
At the renovated Milton Theatre Friday night, the Delaware Comedy Theatre presents their third annual DCT Improv All-Stars, including guest comedians from Philadelphia’s “Cubed.” The event starts at 8pm and the cost is $10. See DelawareComedyTheatre.com for more.

SATURDAY

FREE SKIMBOARD CLINIC
The boys from Dewey’s Alley Oop Skim take to the beach at the end of New Orleans Street to, in their words, “spread skim knowledge” in their free Saturday clinic at 10am. Kids of all ages come out to learn a little about skimboarding, try some of the latest boards, sign up for skim camp and more.

See alleyoopskim.com or stop by Alley Oop on New Orleans Street for more.

DIRTY SOCK FUNTIME BAND
Saturday also takes us back to the Freeman Stage for the ‘Dirty Sock Funtime Band,’ voted Best Kids Band 2006 by Time Out NY Kids. Often called the ‘first real rock band for kids’ or the ‘Rolling Stones for the preschool set,’ the Dirty Socks hit the stage at 10am.

LEWES 4TH
Lewes is abuzz with activity on the Fourth of July, starting with the Historic Lewes Farmers Market at 8am, followed by a day full of events, featuring activities for children and the Art & Artisan Sale on and around Second Street, the Doo Dah Parade, boat parade and much more.

FIREWORKS
As the sun goes down, the fireworks go up in Slaughter Beach (after sunset), Bethany Beach (after sunset) and Rehoboth Beach (9:15pm) See page 38 for more on Saturday night’s $50,000 Rehoboth Beach firework spectacular.

SUNDAY

REYNOLDS DUATHLON
JIMMY’S GRILL 5K
Sunday comes early with two athletic events at 8am: the Jimmy’s Grille 5K in Dewey Beach and the Dave Reynolds Swim-Run Duathlon starting at the Rehoboth Beach Patrol HQ in Rehoboth.

MICHELLE GREEN & BARRY ELI at FIVE POINTS
Local singing duo Michelle Green & Barry Eli cap off the weekend with a live 7pm performance at the Villages of Five Points Town Center in Lewes.

Whatever your Independence Day weekend brings, have a safe, fun holiday!

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