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.
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.”