Goin’ to the Chapels
Those little white churches that dot coastal Delaware don’t just echo the area’s past. Plenty of them still house congregations that have learned from it.
Red balloons reach for the ceiling of Indian Mission United Methodist Church, each one tethered by ribbon to the end of a pew. They sway to and fro, gently buffeted by whispery currents that have curled lightly within the walls of this place for nearly a century.
In those pews, about 35 chattering folks, teenagers to retirees, slide back and forth along the benches, managing multiple conversations, catching up on the news (no one here would be comfortable with the term “gossip”) and mouthing happy “hellos” to folks too far away for a church-appropriate exclamation.
A Mecca for Movie Lovers
From the October 2018 issue
Since its inception in 1998, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society has grown from a handful of movie buffs watching independent films in local restaurants to a thriving cultural resource with more than 2,300 members who support a number of cinema-centric events throughout the year.
The largest of these, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, is held each November and has grown from a three-day event to one spanning nearly two weeks. This year it will be held Nov. 1-11 and feature 35 to 40 indie films, plus shorts. The festival, which used to be held at The Movies at Midway, now presents films at a variety of locations. This year those sites will be: The Cinema Art Theater and Cape Henlopen High School, both near Lewes, and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware building on Route 9 west of Lewes.
As the event has evolved over the years, so too have the types of films selected, notes Sue Early, executive director of the RBFS. “The taste of our customers has become more refined, so the quality of the films needs to reflect that,” she says.
Not Your Average Joe
Coffee culture is highly evolved at area shops, where the beans, flavors and brewing techniques are anything but ordinary
From the September 2018 issue
When Amy Felker and a partner opened the Lewes Bake Shoppe in 1990, many customers ordered coffee along with their sticky bun. “It was regular or decaf,” recalls Felker, who is now the sole owner of the downtown Lewes business.
Limiting offerings to two kinds of coffee was not good enough for Felker. In 1991, she put a roaster in the dining area and started Notting Hill Coffee Roastery right in the bakery. Shelves to the left of the front door began filling up with small brown bags. Today, Notting Hill has more than 125 kinds of coffee, many of which you can also buy online.
While Starbucks fueled a national awareness for lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty coffees, Felker helped kick-start the scene by the sea. Like a double espresso, the trend has had staying power.
Serving a good cup of Joe at the beach has advantages. Gourmet coffee shops are part of a vibrant culinary scene, and regional roasters like Notting Hill can offer a taste of local flavor to tourists; as a bonus, area residents become regulars.