A Place at the Table
Created at a time when the town was divided, CAMP Rehoboth marks 25 years as an integral — and edifying — part of the community
The summer of 2015 started with a bang. Police issued citations for public alcohol consumption on Poodle Beach, a longtime gathering spot for gays, prompting some to claim that they were being unfairly targeted. There was also an unsuccessful attempt to restrict swimming pool use on rental properties, mostly due to noise concerns.
In cases like those, Steve Elkins would like to see all concerned parties “brought to the table” to discuss the issues and suggest solutions. Twenty-five years ago, however, he wouldn’t have received an invitation to enter the meeting room, let alone be offered a seat at any such table.
Elkins is the co-founder of CAMP Rehoboth, founded back then to bring gay and straight community stakeholders together to create a safe, welcoming environment for everyone who appreciates the area. “I always found that you could accomplish much more when you look at what you have in common rather than look at your differences,” he says.
A Sharp Focus
The Coastal Camera Club is enhancing photographers’ skills — and growing by leaps and bounds
By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Kathryn Harris
From the October 2015 issue
Bob Bachand has been taking photographs for nearly 50 years, since he joined the camera club at the University of Rochester while in grad school there. His pictures of birds, lighthouses and undersea creatures have been featured in books published by the Audubon Society and by the Cousteau Society, as well as in Connecticut Magazine and Underwater Naturalist (the bulletin of the American Littoral Society). They are also available for sale through his Internet company, SeaSports Images.
Even with all that experience, Bachand still learns new tricks of the trade from other members of the Coastal Camera Club.
“It is a wonderful organization,” says the retired biology professor, a resident of Milton. “And there’s always something to learn. You can have two photographs taken at the same time of the same subject, but one, if done a little differently, could be much better.”
Bachand is especially interested in learning more about using the computer to alter pictures: To place a submarine off the coast of New London, Conn., against the setting sun, for example, or to put a sailboat in a bottle. “There are so many editing techniques available today,” he says.
The Allure of Beachmobiles
Rehoboth has long been a magnet for classic cars and those who love them
Rehoboth Beach has a style all its own. It’s on display in the architecture of the town’s old porch-front cottages; in the galleries and boutiques along Baltimore Avenue; and in the tony, beach-casual cool of its restaurant scene, where suntanned women queue up for cocktails in Lily Pulitzer prints alongside men in khaki shorts, wrinkled linen shirts and the obligatory Reefs.
But there’s another style scene that isn’t immediately evident to the occasional visitor. To find it, you have to venture off the main drag, into the residential streets of South Rehoboth, the Pines, or adjoining Henlopen Acres. It’s there that, if you keep your eyes peeled, you can glimpse the babied — and beloved — beachmobiles of Rehoboth.