Spring passions highlight events in Southern Delaware

The weather may not be quite warm enough yet at Southern Delaware’s beaches, but things are heating up a bit farther inland with weekend activities to tickle your fancy and please your palate.

Party at the Pond, A Family Jeep Jamboree, brings Jeep owners, lovers, and enthusiasts to Trap Pond State Park near Laurel, April 8–9.

Friday night at the Cypress Point Pavilion is the kickoff opportunity to meet vendors, catch up with friends, and get registration packets for the next day’s events. On Saturday, enjoy 13 hours of Jeep-related activities, including an eight-category judged vehicle show, fun Jeep games, and a poker run through lower Sussex County. End your night around the campfire with awards at 5:00pm, followed by the Bo Dickerson Band until 10:00pm.

Weather permitting, the weekend also offers a kids’ fishing tournament, nature tours, hayrides, biking trails, and boating on the pond.

Insider tip: The park is offering a 20 percent discount off camping at Trap Pond, Friday–Sunday, if the stay is at least two nights. Accommodations include 142 RV/tent sites, eight cabins, and two yurts.

A night out for women’s heath

Live for Chocolate, a night of fun, laughter, and support scheduled for May 6 in Seaford, promotes women’s health in Sussex County. And, who can resist chocolate, especially when it’s eaten for a good cause?

The event starts at 5:00pm with a scavenger hunt through designated shop locations in downtown Seaford and the Blades riverfront area. Transportation will also be available to and from Seaford and Blades. Solve the puzzle, sample some chocolate, submit your completed entry, and be eligible for a door prize at the 8:30pm Gateway Park reception.

At Seaford City Hall there will be hors d’ouevres, non-alcoholic beverages, and a giant chocolate fountain by Sweet Serenity Chocolates, with wine tasting, food vendors, music, and other fun activities throughout the town. Along with all the goodies, there will be plenty of women’s health information, education, and conversation. Plus, Dick’s Barber Shop will once again host “The Man Cave,” so all the chocolate lovers in your family can enjoy the event.

Enjoy beer at two events

Make it a relaxing weekend of local beer, food, music, tax-free shopping, and maybe even a round or two of golf during the third annual Bridgeville Beer and Barrel Festival, May 21 at the Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville.

Advanced ($25) or at-the-door ($30) tickets each include a special souvenir glass and unlimited samples from Delmarva breweries, wineries, distilling companies, meaderies, and cideries. A designated driver ticket is available for $10.

This rain-or-shine event kicks off at 11:00am with music by well-known local duo Maria & Mallory, followed by rockers The Runner Ups at 1:00pm. A cash-prize cornhole tournament also begins at 1:00pm. The feature act, Mike Hines and the Look, takes the stage at 3:00pm. Heritage Shores’ restaurant will feature special menu items for purchase. A variety of food trucks and craft and merchandise vendors will also offer their specialties.

Enjoy a two-night stay at the nearby Comfort Suites Seaford with two festival tickets, two brunch vouchers at Heritage Shores, and a hospitality basket, all for $275. For reservations, call Ruth Wood at Comfort Suites. (302-629-9690)

The Broad Creek Bike & Brew invites participants to bike through Sussex County, then enjoy Dogfish Head beer, lunch provided by Abbott’s Grill, and live music. The ride, scheduled for June 4, 7:00am–11:00am, starts at North Laurel Elementary School in Laurel.

Choose a 15-mile, 25-mile, 50-mile, or longer metric century bike route (GPS links online) that starts at 9:00am and end a few hours later in Laurel.

Take in the historic and wilderness sites, including Trap Pond State Park, and refresh at designated rest stops with restrooms, beverages, and snacks. A sag wagon is available 9:00am–1:00pm for injured or broken-down cyclists. Completion of the route is optional.

The after party begins at 11:00am at the Janosik Park along the Broad Creek. Food, beer, soft drinks, and water will be available. Participants younger than 17 must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult. The bike tour will be canceled only if extreme weather is forecasted.

On stage at the beach

Rehoboth Beach’s vibrant arts scene includes stage performances at Clear Space Theatre. Take in a show and you will not be disappointed. The theater, masterfully converted from an old church in the heart of Rehoboth Beach, offers first-rate entertainment, from acting and directing to set design. It’s a pleasant surprise to see such high quality in a seaside resort town. Take time before or after the show to browse the art galleries in the lobby. Put this one on your must-do list for your next trip to Southern Delaware.

Make sure you take advantage of these other benefits, too. Get a 10 percent discount at Café Azafran with your theater ticket. Check out “Free Friday” presentations by students in the Summer Theatre Camp (11:00am on Fridays in July and August). Use the paid park and ride shuttle because it’s cheaper than feeding the meters. Consider some of the late night weekend options, such as the Delaware Comedy Theatre and Christopher Peterson’s EYECONS.

Visit ClearSpaceTheatre.org for a schedule of shows, to purchase tickets, and to get additional information. Want to make someone’s day? Gift certificates are available. Enjoy the show.

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