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Don't be a Grinch!

Despite the pandemic, Christmas cheer is still shining bright in the Cape Region. Santa Claus and a small group of masked children flipped a giant light switch Dec. 4, turning on the lights of several homes along Sussex Drive and ceremoniously kicking off Lewes Lights, a month-long competition.

Christian Mullins and Debra Evalds brought the event to life, working together to formulate an aggressive marketing campaign with no funding. The event is designed to be a COVID-friendly affair that can be viewed without leaving the car.

“My goal, if nothing else, is to bring the spirit of the Lewes Christmas parade to every car driving through,” said Evalds, who started the event, in part, because traditional holiday functions were canceled. “We can’t have the parade this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t crank up the music, get in our cars and have our own little parade every night driving through Lewes.”

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Clifton returns to Clifton, wins second federal stamp contest

By Dennis Forney
Wildlife artist Richard Clifton lives on the edge of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The plants, birds and animals of the marsh are part of his everyday existence.

As hunter and birdwatcher for decades, Clifton has honed his observation skills. That has played no small part in his ability to not only make a living, but to also build an international reputation for his waterfowl art.

In September this year, judges for the annual federal duck stamp competition notified Clifton that his acrylic entry of a lesser scaup - also known as a bluebill or blackhead - will grace the stamps for the 2021-2022 hunting season.

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Historic beach bungalow to be saved

A straight roofline? Check. A dry interior, with no noticeable signs of sagging in the walls? Check. An original front door with a mechanical doorbell that still works? Check.

“That alone makes this house worth saving,” said Tom Kelly, smiling and turning the doorbell, while standing in the entryway of the 100-year-old beach cottage at 413 Rehoboth Ave. in downtown Rehoboth Beach. “I’m so excited.”

The cottage sits on one of three adjoining lots – 413, 415 and 417 Rehoboth Ave. – owned by Clear Space Theatre Company, which at this point has been engaged with the city for multiple years trying to get a new theater approved on those lots. After a meeting held to gather public opinion on how best to preserve the bungalow’s history, Clear Space announced it was giving the house away for free to anyone who could move it.

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Cape Region holiday event schedule
A garden of magical lights Dec. 11, 13
Rehoboth’s Duck Donuts to open Dec. 12
Second Saturday sales and artists Dec. 12
Naughty or Nice holiday concert Dec. 12
‘A Christmas Carol’ reading Dec. 12
Bake sale, raffle and shopping event Dec. 12
Holiday greenery sales in Milton Dec. 12
Cookie walk and ceramics sale Dec. 12
Winter solstice craft salon to open Dec. 12
Holiday market continues Dec. 12-13
Interactive holiday tea show Dec. 13
Cajun chef to discuss book Dec. 14
Drive-by Christmas parade Dec. 15
Ma Rainey film screening through Dec. 17
Living nativity on The Circle Dec. 18-24
A Farmer’s Christmas open through Dec. 19
Christmas storytime through Dec. 24
Keynote speakers named for Jan. 11 dinner
Lewes Polar Bear Plunge goes virtual

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