Despite developers’ offers, tenuous economics and unending chores, family farmers in coastal Delaware say they’ll provide locally sourced food till the cows come home
Henry Bennett grew up on his family’s farm just outside Frankford, about 10 miles from the beaches where he loved to surf with his high school friends. Early on, those friends learned there would be days when Bennett couldn’t join them. As they headed east to catch the morning waves, he’d stay behind to collect eggs from the chicken house, haul pruned branches from the orchard, and chop firewood for the woodstove that served as the main heat source for the family home.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” he says, reflecting on those days as he sits at the kitchen table in a house built by his grandparents. “It was always hard, and there were a lot of days when I just hated it.”
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.