Local boatbuilders ride a 600-year tide of history

By Bill Newcott  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson
From the Holiday 2019 issue


The 20-foot-long, cobalt-blue lake canoe occupies much of the length of David Greenhaugh’s driveway. Even to a guy who doesn’t know a dinghy from a deck boat, the workmanship is striking, the artisan’s attention to detail unmistakable.

Just above the bow, the canoe’s triangular deck plate — made of hard cherry wood — is stained like a fine piece of living room furniture. Inside the canoe, the gloss of white paint is smooth enough to see my reflection. 

Between the white inside and blue exterior, embedded in the long, sweeping starboard gunwale at the top of the hull, a thin red strip of stained wood runs its entire length. This is the only evidence that the shell of this canoe is constructed entirely of redwood.


An assignment turns into a revealing record of emotions

By Sherri Wright |  Illustrations by Patti Shreeve
From the Holiday 2019 issue


Running in Rehoboth
November 5, 2018:  

Before I realize it I have sprinted the half mile to the elementary school. My legs are warm and fluid, my breathing a quiet hum, taking in the spicy orange and yellow leaves and pungent pine needles herringboned on the pavement by last night’s rain. I think about my mother who used to love being outdoors at this time of the year. Raking leaves, digging dahlia bulbs, picking copper-colored mums. Grateful that yesterday she was doing well.




These women once reigned over the coastal restaurant scene

By Pam George
From the Holiday 2019 issue


There’s been a lot of press recently about women shaking up the restaurant industry as owners and as chefs. But in coastal Delaware, several trailblazers owned restaurants during a time when women were a minority in most workplaces, not just in the male-dominated hospitality industry.