Archive for August, 2010

Fantasy land comes to Second Street in Lewes

August 30, 2010

A small disco ball with directed lights adds a magical atmosphere to King's Ice Cream in Lewes.

Rudy and Chelsea Spoor recently added a touch of the fantastical and magical to their King’s Ice Cream store on Second Street in Lewes. Rudy and Chelsea met in the Netherlands while she was dancing and he doing technical and lighting work, both for the Royal Netherlands Ballet.  They brought some of that theater to their store when they added a mirrored disco ball beneath the porch and hit it with blue lights mounted under the corners of the porch. The turning ball scatters soft blue spots of moving lights around the front of the store – on the sidewalks, on the planters and the porch posts, and on the people walking by and standing in line.  A touch of quiet disco without the hammering beat. It reminds me of Tinker Bell in Peter Pan and the bubbles that LaLaLand used so effectively in front if its Wilmington Avenue restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

The lights are attractive in a subtle and creative way and add a new element to the nighttime summer scene on Second Street.

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Inlet Bridge getting its blue harp strings

August 10, 2010

The first harp-like suspension cables are being attached to towers at the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

10 August 2010

When the new bridge over Indian River Inlet is complete, the cables suspending the roadway over the inlet will create the impression of several blue-stringed harps.  They’re being attached this week and over the course of the next several and it’s evident they will be attractive and a nice backdrop for surfers catching waves on the north side of the inlet. There are attachment points, if my count is correct, for 19 cables on both sides of the four suspension towers.

The bridge will be similar in appearance to the Senator William V. Roth Bridge over the C&D Canal. The cables on that bridge are more golden in appearance and produce their most dramatic effect when lit at night. The inlet bridge cables are sure to also be striking at night when lit.  If we were really using our heads – collectively as a society – we would energize those lights with electricity generated with wind turbines mounted on the tops of the towers.  And if we really wanted to get the sustainable energy thing going, we would mount turbines on the bottom of the inlet and catch the power of those incoming and outgoing tides.

And, I wonder this: will the wind whistling through those cables create more noise than the wind turbine in Lewes when it’s whirling? Ah this changing world.  Ain’t it grand?

Preaching the gospel at ground zero in Rehoboth

August 6, 2010

Mark Johnson of Port Deposit takes the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.

7 August 2010

People asked him what he was drawing.  He told them he was drawing a crowd.  He wasn’t lying.  I’m surprised more commercial artists don’t set up on the Boardwalk and do portraits.  People love to watch artists at work. Mark Johnson used the lure of the drawing to capture a crowd before he started preaching a sermon. It was Tuesday night as the light was beginning to fade.  Nearby was a historic marker explaining that Rehoboth Beach started out as a Methodist camp meeting ground where people would come in the summer to get relief from the heat and a revival of their religious spirit. He was on turf where news of the gospel has resonated for decades. Johnson said he planned to preach a sermon about the creation.  “I want people to see how foolish it is to think that there isn’t a creator for all of this.  After I talk about that, I will move on to the gospel message of Jesus Christ which is the real essence of why I’m here.”

Johnson wore a visor proclaiming that Jesus Is Lord. He was doing his gospel work at what I call ground zero in Rehoboth – on the Boardwalk at the end of Rehoboth Avenue.  What an international and multigenerational scene that is.

It all reminded me of the Simon and Garfunkel song of many years ago that tells a story – as many of their songs do – about a young man who leaves his downeast home “headed down the turnpike for New England – sweet New England.”

He hitchhikes his way to an urban area before encountering a life-altering experience:

“There was a young girl in a parking lot/preaching to a crowd,/singing sacred songs and reading from the Bible./ I told her I was lost/and she told me all about the Pentecost/and I seen that girl was the road to my survival.

“Later on the very same night/she crept to my tent with a flashlight/and my long years of innocence ended./She took me to the woods/and said here comes something and it feels so good/and, just like a dog I was befriended – I was befriended.

“Ooh, ooh ooh what a night, ooh what a garden of delight./Even now that sweet memory lingers./I was laying beneath the stars/just playing my guitar/and thanking the Lord for my fingers – for my fingers.”

I always loved that song. I liked seeing Mark down on the Boardwalk.  God is Love.  I love that too.

Cafe’ Azafran opens in Rehoboth Beach

August 4, 2010

Café Azafran (Spanish for saffron) features a Mediterranean-influenced menu for lunch and dinner and specialty coffees, pastries and other home-cooked items for breakfast.

4 August 2010

Café Azafran, a year-round mainstay of downtown Lewes for the past several years, opened its second location this week in the ocean block of Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. Richard Steele and other members of the Steele family have been working hard all spring and summer to finish remodeling the building they’re in and to get the proper permits to open while the 2010 season is still cooking. Now they’re happy to say the open sign is up.

Here’s part of the announcement that went out this week.  It gives you a good sense of what the food, wine and atmosphere are all about.

“We opened our doors at 6 p.m. on July 30, and we are ready to take your reservations 7 days a week. Please call 302-227-8100
Our Weekly Specials Line Up Starts Monday Aug. 9:

Monday 1/2 Price Bottle Wines; Tuesday Prix Fixe Menu plus 1/2 Price Bottle Wines; Wednesday Tapas Happy Hour; Paella Night to be announced.

Café Azafran opens daily at 6:30 a.m. for espresso and pastries. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Dinner is served every day starting at 5 p.m. Cafe Azafran is located at 18 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.  For more information, visit http://www.CaféAzafran.com

Assawoman Canal dreding project not quite done

August 2, 2010

Delaware's small dredging unit sat idle in the Assawoman Canal Sunday afternoon.

2 August 2010

It’s going to be a while longer before the dredging project to restore navigable water to the Assawoman Canal is completed.  Pat Gaffney and I took an exploratory trip through the inland bays and into the canal Sunday afternoon to see how progress is coming along.  Once we reached the historic canal, we inched our way along at low water, bumping bottom here and there, before coming upon the state’s dredge a ways south of the Route 26 bridge.  The dredge is making its way from south to north, its progress slowed in many places by logs in the water and large trees hanging over the cozy little waterway. There were some restrictions on how much longer the dredging could go this year but I’m still waiting to hear from Project Manager Chuck Williams on current status.  At last report, the state’s permit had been extended until the end of July but, based on my unscientific assessment, there are several more days of dredging remaining to open the waterway up to small craft between Little Assawoman Bay to the south and White’s Creek on the north.

The trip from Roosevelt Inlet to the Assawoman Canal and back took several hours. There are lots of slow, no-wake areas in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and all of the Assawoman Canal is a no-wake zone.  We also stopped to do some clamming in the south end of Rehoboth Bay. In about 45 minutes we dug up over 50 clams from top neck to chowder size. The trip was also productive bird wise.  We spotted a mature bald eagle sitting in a dead tree at the confluence of Wolfe Runne and Lewes-Rehoboth Canal as well as dozens of blue and green herons, kingfishers, egrets, cormorants and other various and sundry songbirds and waterfowl. Massey’s Ditch was alive with people enjoying fishing and crabbing on the first day of August and Indian River hosted a steady procession of people heading in and out.

Delaware's signmakers need to create another sign for the White's Creek entrance to Assawoman Canal - one with a proper spelling for the curiously named body of water. Assawoman is a Native American Algonkian name meaning midway fishing stream.