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.
The Beat Goes On
The local live music scene is rich and varied, but those who fill the air with song have one thing in common: a passion for pleasing audiences
By Mary Ann Benyo | Photograph by Chuck Snyder
From the September 2015 issue
On a warm summer evening, gentle lounge music floats across the boardwalk from Victoria’s Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. Lively steel drums bring a Caribbean lilt to the deck of the Rusty Rudder overlooking the bay in Dewey Beach. And rock, blues and jazz pulsate from bar bands throughout the beach area as patrons laugh and chatter, enjoying the chance to mingle, dance with friends, or just soak up the sound.
The appeal of live music, especially in summer resorts, is self-evident. But the nature of that appeal varies from style to style, place to place, and audience to audience. Speaking of pianist Jeff Irwin, whom the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel hired more than 20 years ago to play at Victoria’s, Jennifer Zerby simply says, “The guests have certainly enjoyed him, so we kept him all these years.” One key to that longevity is the intimate, personal touch Irwin brings to every performance. Explains the hotel’s marketing director: “A lot of our guests are repeat guests and they look for him. He gets to know them. They walk in and he starts playing their favorite songs.”
A similar dynamic exists with bar bands, though they typically please fans on a larger scale, sometimes hundreds at a time. “There’s nothing like seeing somebody perform their songs live,” says Vikki Walls, the entertainment director for Highway One, which owns and operates 10 bars and restaurants throughout the area. “The energy, the people singing along. … It’s wonderful to hear them on vinyl or a CD or download, whatever. But when it comes to seeing that band you love? Actually seeing them play their instruments? That’s what it’s all about.”
Where Things Are Looking Up
Telescope atop Dewey home is a result of owner’s dream to peer into outer space
Joseph Corbi was in his 90s when he suddenly took an interest in astronomy.
“There is a lot going on in outer space,” he told his son, Curt, one day about 13 years ago. “I think that we need to keep an eye on it.”
“OK, Dad,” Curt recalls replying. “How are you going to do that?”
“I think that I’m going to buy a telescope.”
Curt, who was living with his dad at the time in the family’s Dewey Beach home that overlooks Rehoboth Bay, thought nothing more about their conversation.
“And then one day, about three months later, this big truck pulled up in the driveway,” Curt says. The driver unloaded a 14-inch (the diameter of the lens) reflecting telescope, made in California by Meade Instruments and weighing, Curt guesses, several hundred pounds.
“I had no idea that he had ordered it,” he says. “It was huge! It sat in the box for six months while we thought about what to do with it.”