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For auld lang syne!

As we excitedly move into the new year, don't forget the old times. Every Tuesday on page 7 of the Cape Gazette, a moment is featured through Delaware Cape Region History in Photographs, such as this week's aerial that shows the devastation at the end of Rehoboth Avenue from the infamous northeast storm of March 1962.

After the building we know now as Dolle’s was reconstructed, the iconic Dolle’s sign was added. It became an instant landmark for downtown Rehoboth Beach, but its future is now in doubt following the recent announcement that the Dolle’s operation will be leaving the building and relocating to the Ibach’s building down the street.

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The holiday pause is our greatest gift for the new year

By Nancy Katz
Whether you are religious, spiritual or just plain respectful, there is a pause at the end of a celebratory season. It’s a time to put your life in perspective and reflect on the road ahead. All that frenzied activity of shopping, sending cards and visiting family will be pulled off the shelf soon, like a product whose expiration date has come. The real meaning of your pause will swing around just in time as a replacement.

Mother Nature lends a hand in this stillness. She sheds all distractions and adornments, leaving her children at their simplest. Take a walk on the sand dunes near the ocean and you will see a symphony worthy of a Beethoven sonata.

The beach grasses sway in yellow ochre and raw sienna colors, looking almost like wheat dancing in a field somewhere in Kansas. The ocean dons her winter coat of a deep steel-gray blue. It also is quiet, content to let the angry season pass. It laps at the sand and sighs at the sky. The seagulls circle but don’t seem to mind passing strangers. Often they barely move when you approach them if you are walking down by the shore.

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Freeman Arts Pavilion moves forward

Planning for the future, and the possible continuation of restrictions during the 2021 season, Freeman will temporarily phase in pods for more than 2,000 patrons, to match pre-COVID attendance, during construction of the new venue adjacent to the existing Freeman Stage.

When completed in four to six years, the $26 million, 9-acre, 1,010-seat venue will have 876 parking spaces. Included is a plan to provide 850 covered seats. The Freeman Arts Pavilion will provide state-of-the-art sound, lighting and video capabilities, an expanded concession and dining area, an artists' dressing room and production space.

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CAMP Rehoboth Chorus hosting cabaret Jan. 1
Winter WonderFest extended until Jan. 2
302 to perform Jan. 2 in Rehoboth Beach
Director submissions needed by Jan. 3
Intermediate drawing class to start Jan. 5
‘Eagles of Heart Mountain’ discussion Jan. 6
‘Herself’ screening through Jan. 7
Winter Quiet exhibit to open Jan. 7
Wreck of the DeBraak program slated Jan. 7
Virtual meditation workshop set Jan. 9
Barclay to discuss burrowing owls Jan. 10
OperaDelaware performances continue Jan. 10
Metal class for kids to start Jan. 11
Jewelry-making classes to start Jan. 11
Children's book to benefit band until Jan. 31
Bags to benefit Village Volunteers in January
Read for chances to win through Feb. 28
Photo contest open until March 12
Sussex County hotel discounts through March 31

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Let's make our community shine on social media! Each week we'll pick interactions on an article that make us smile.

Lewes council extends Quest beach shack at Roosevelt Inlet

Chris Malinowski: I think they provide an amazing service to Lewes Beach.

Cydney Paris Joseph: Matt did an amazing job for my son’s 18th birthday. It was really great for our small outdoor gathering. Highly recommend!

Sean Merlonghi: Good! Matt and crew does a great job, run a great business, and make a lot of people happy. Happy tourists = happy local economy!
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