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Sussex Snapshots -- Nov. 26, 2002

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NOTE: Kerin Magill is Content Editor of Sussex County Online. Her column, "Sussex Snapshots", appears each Thursday on this site.

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Photos: Santa Claus in a past Millsboro Christmas parade (top). Carolers in Ocean View.

It seems to happen earlier every year.

Santa ClausYou know what It is -- the commercial hype that is associated with the Christmas season. This year, it seemed as if Thanksgiving got lost somehow -- the Halloween stuff was cleared away and out came Christmas.

It's easy to feel as if you're on a runaway train this time of year -- caught up in the holiday rat race with no chance to catch your breath.

Fortuntely, there are quite a few ways to get out and have some fun this time of year without being beat over the head with a big, blinking, garish Christmas ball.

Give yourself a chance to actually celebrate Thanksgiving -- rather than using it as a jumping-off point for The Big One. Start by attending the community Thanksgiving Eve service at St. Ann's Church on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at St. Ann's Church on Route 26 in Bethany Beach. The service begins at 7 p.m. -- be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to share with those less fortunate.

One of my favorites is the Southeastern Delaware Artists' Studio Tour, set for Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. The tour, now in its eighth year, offers chance to get in your car and drive around the coastal and inland towns -- sans summer traffic! -- and visit some of the countys' finest and friendliest artisans.

Santa ClausI've done the tour several times, and it's always a joy to see the work being done right here in our backyard. The artists themselves make the tour really special, though. They're some of my favorite Sussex County people There's Tom Frey, an engaging fellow who works miracles with pieces of wood -- you have to see it to really appreciate it. And there's Judi Campanelli, a warm and friendly woman whose works in clay reflect her innate whimsy and dignity all at the same time. Grant Massey is a quiet guy who makes incredible lights and other pieces with glass, metal, stone and wood. And Ellen Rice is an articulate artist whose paintings have a spiritual quality that's a breath of fresh air in this crazy season.

In all, there are 14 artists on the self-guided tour. Maps are available free of charge at a number of area businesses, as well as at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce office at the north end of Fenwick Island on Route 1. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Be sure to enter the "Art in the Hat" drawing at each studio. The artists have donated works of art -- drop your ticket in the hat at each location. Proceeds from the drawing benefit arts education in the community -- last year, art programs at two local schools were the beneficiaries.

For more details on the tour, call Pat Frey at 732-6172or e-mail

One of the best things about the holiday season is the comfort of family traditions. A number of upcoming events have worked their way onto Sussex families' holiday to-do lists year after year. We all have things that we have to do or it just doesn't seem like Christmas, such as:

  • Last year, the Southeastern Sussex Ministerium started a tradition that will undoubtedly fall into that category. A Community Creche was set up at the corner of routes 1 and 26 on the Bethany Christian Church property in Bethany Beach. Anyone who wants to help set up the creche is welcome to join others at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The creche will be lighted for the first time during a Community Hymn Sing on Sunday, Dec. 1. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly!

  • Music will fill the air all over Sussex County in the coming weeks. The carols will start on Tuesday, Nov. 26 with Seaford's Caroling in the Park. The evening of song will be held at Gateway Park beginning at 7 p.m.

  • On Friday, Nov. 29, Rehohoboth Beach will light its Christmas tree during a Holiday Sing-Along at the Bandstand. Join in the singing at 6:30 p.m. featuring keyboardist Doug Yetter and singer Eric C. Peterson. Rehoboth's "Avenue of Lights" will shine with holiday scenery through Jan. 2, 2003.

  • In Georgetown, the annual Caroling in the Circle gathering will be Monday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Canned goods will also be collected.

  • Join in the fun as Ocean View holds its annual Caroling in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 7. Hayrides around town will begin at 5:30 p.m. and singing will commence in the park at 7 p.m. Stay around afterward for hot chocolate and cookies -- and a visit from a certain jolly old elf!

  • Rehoboth Beach kicks off the parade circuit with its Hometown Christmas Parade on Monday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. The route runs between the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and the Bandstand.

  • Selbyville's parade, on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., will feature fire trucks, horses, floats, bands and Santa Claus.

  • Millsboro hosts its Christmas Visions parade Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. -- and don't miss the Santa's Pak Shopping Spree in the Millsboro Civic Center (Wilson Highway and Mitchell Street) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there to pose with the children. Lunch will be served by the Indian River Senior Center. For details, call the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at 934-6777.

  • Seaford's annual Christmas Parade will also be Saturday, Dec. 7 downtown at 7 p.m. For details, call the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce at 629-8073.

  • Lewes rings in the holidays with a weekend full of special activities, starting Thursday, Dec. 5 with the Holiday of Lights celebration at 5:15 p.m. at Beebe Medical Center. Call 644-2900 for more details. On Friday, Dec. 6, a reception, art show and sale will be held at the Children's Beach House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Call 645-9184 for more information. A Christmas Tour of historic buildings and private homes in Lewes continues the holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the tour. Call 645-7670 for tickets or more information.

  • The festive weekend in Lewes concludes with the annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will be held at Zwaanendael Park. There will also be caroling and refreshments in the Fisher-Martin House. Call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 645-8073 for more information.

    As you can see, there is no shortage of holiday fun in Slower Lower Delaware -- so be sure to pick your favorites and mark your calendar now!

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