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Win a Pair of Four Day Passes to the 2015 Firefly Music Festival

Image Courtesy of Mix 92.9

Image Courtesy of Mix 92.9

Listen to Mix 92.9 the 90’s to NOW in Delaware for the Mix Mystery Sound now through May 14th, 2015.   Be caller number nine when you hear it; guess the sound correctly and win a pair of four day passes to Firefly Music Festival.  Guess incorrectly and they’ll still give you a family four pack of tickets to Six Flags.  If no one guesses by Thursday, May 14th, a winner will be randomly selected from all who participated and announced at 1: 00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2015.

For more info, check out:

http://www.mix929fm.com/contests/mix-mystery-sound/374139/Contests/show


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Travel Alert For Mid Atlantic Region

Image Courtesy of Historic Kennett, PA, where snow emergency has been declared.

Image Courtesy of Historic Kennett, PA, where snow emergency has been declared.

Another winter storm is dropping heavy snow throughout the region. Call your destination before venturing out. Some locations are closed for today, Thursday, March 15, 2015, and have already announced closings for Friday, March 16, 2016. If you’re out and about, be safe.

Image Courtesy of Kings Gap Environmental Center, PA

Image Courtesy of Kings Gap Environmental Center, PA

Image Courtesy of  Odyssey Cruises - Washington DC

Image Courtesy of
Odyssey Cruises – Washington DC


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The 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, DE

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

The weather may be frightful, so think warm thoughts and brush off your kite building skills in anticipation of the 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, April 3, 2015.

There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $5 per car for Delaware license tags and $10 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

I may have to get my kites out. Back in the day, my high school had kite flying contests, and I took first place in two different categories two years in a row- once for smallest kite and once for highest flyer. Kite day was held half-day on a school day, and I missed about an hour of class winding my kite back in. If other students had known they would be excused from class, they might have entered.

Those kites are long gone, so I may take by dragon kite out for a whirl in 2015!

Schedule
10:00 am Registration begins
11:00 am Egg hunt
11:30 am Competition begins
12:30 pm First awards ceremony
1:15 pm Egg toss
1:45 pm Adult competition begins
2:15 pm Stunt flying demonstrations
2:45 pm Final awards ceremony
See more at: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival#sthash.1BBHV2ih.dpuf


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Punkin Chunkin Canceled for 2014

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Punkin Chunkin had been set to take place Oct. 24-26 at Dover International Speedway. Organizers announced Friday they’ll instead start the event in its new Dover location in 2015.

“Moving an event the size of Punkin Chunkin is not easy even when time is not a factor,” said John Huber, World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association president.

The event’s membership didn’t settle on the Dover location until early July, and ticket sales started in early September. More than 20,000 people attended the 2013 event, spread out over several days.

Huber said the pumpkin-launching competition will instead return on Nov. 6-8, 2015, in Dover. Customers who had already bought tickets and camping passes this year will see refunds on their credit cards within two weeks, he said.

Gary Camp, a spokesman for Dover International Speedway, said the postponement was due to several things, including permits, site layout, public safety and emergency service planning.

“All along we were cautiously optimistic that the event would go on as scheduled,” Camp said. “Ultimately, the logistics of trying to coordinate such a large established event in such a short time frame at a new venue became too difficult to overcome.”

Both parties are committed to hosting the event in Dover, Camp added.

Advance tickets sold will be refunded.

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/no-flying-pumpkins-this-year/1249938


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Win 2014 Punkin Chunkin Tailgate Tickets for New Dover International Speedway Location

UPDATE: OCTOBER 4, 2014 PUNKIN CHUNKIN CANCELED FOR 2014
https://midatlantictravel.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1824&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

Contest Ends: 10/13/14

Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

The countdown has begun for one of Delaware’s most popular events, the Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Dover International Speedway will be the new host site for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) hosts a signature pumpkin-launching event each year, fueling innovative engineering and science-based ideas that draw spectators from all over. They believe that Punkin Chunkin cultivates the odd, challenging, and competitive quest for distance that inspires creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and passion. It is this very dedication that drives teams to compete using science and engineering skills and brings spectators to the gate.

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This year, you and seven friends could be tailgating at the 2014 Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Contest winner will receive one (1) tailgate pass on the fire line and eight (8) tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 25 event.

Contest entry:
http://greenflagclub.doverspeedway.com/contest/761?utm_campaign=Call%20it%20Punkin%20Chunkin%20Tailgate&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Dover101&utm_term=Non%20Sponsored&utm_content=Experience

What started as a challenge in 1986 has turned into an epic, world-class competition drawing hurlers and mega crowds. For three days, engineers, both serious and home grown, bring their huge contraptions and give it all they’ve got to chunk their 8- to 10-pound pumpkin as far as it can go.

The gates open at 7:30 AM each day. All machines fire at least once a day, starting at 8:00 AM. The order can change from day to day depending on weather (they can’t shoot in foggy conditions), whether they finished all the machines the previous day, etc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

They have to play it by ear, but usually they start on both ends of the firing line, alternating shots with the adult trebuchets and the Youth mechanical teams – catapults, trebuchets and human power. Once the youth mechanicals are done, they continue firing the adult mechanicals, moving towards the center of the firing line. Once they are done, they then move to the youth air cannons, the adult centrifugals and the adult air cannons. Then, after all that, they usually have a free-for-all period until dusk where the machines may fire as much as they wish.

Cant’ wait? Play online to get in the mood.
http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/punkin-chunkin/punkin-chunkin-game.htm

For more information:
http://punkinchunkin.com/


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Explore the Work of Brian Selznick in Wilmington, DE

Save the date for this exciting event!

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Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Brian Selznick single handedly changed the way I think about books and storytelling when he published his award winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like many, I was utterly charmed by the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. In 2008, Selznick was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Selznick’s illustrations animate the imaginations of children and adults with his blending of illusion, history, and adventure. As a result, I am looking forward to the upcoming…

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Sand Castle Competition at Rehoboth Beach, DE

Update: As of 10:00 a.m., the Sand Castle Competition was off to a soggy start!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rehoboth-Beach-Dewey-Beach-Chamber-of-Commerce-Visitors-Center/56060132294?fref=nf

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Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Most kids and families enjoy building sand castles at some point during their beach vacation. For 2014, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (RBDBCC) will be holding the 36th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Over 100 teams are expected to meet the challenges and create fantastic sand sculpture. Past entries have included Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and of course traditional sandcastles. Beachgoers are welcome to view the incredible creations free of charge.

SCULPTING DEMONSTRATIONS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st– Sand sculpting artist Darrell O’Connor will be on the beach at Rehoboth Avenue & the Boardwalk, 5 – 7 PM on Friday, August 1st giving sculpting demonstrations & lessons. Learn some skills then put them to the test during the competition on Saturday.

COMMUNITY SCULPTURE – Spectators can join in the fun too. Sand sculpting expert Darrell O’Connor will begin work on a community sculpture at 10 AM. Spectators can assist Darrell with this creation; 2 assistants will be allowed in the sculpting zone on a rotating basis every 15 minutes. The sculpture will be completed by 3 PM.

LOCATION
Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, near the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to both adults and children.

CATEGORIES
Business, Adult (15 and older), Children (7-14) & Child (6 and under)

REGISTRATION
Sculptures may be started at any time on the day of competition, but must be completed for judging by 3:00 PM. Participants may register their entry anytime between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult to register. Registered teams will have the opportunity to purchase Event T-shirts at a discounted rate of $5.00 per shirt.

JUDGING & ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Begins at 3:00 PM; judges are volunteers for the RBDBCC. Winners will be announced at approximately 5:00 PM.

PRIZES
Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 Judge’s Favorites in both the adult and 7-14 child divisions. 1 Judge’s Favorite award will be given in the Business category. Special awards given to all participants in the 6 & under child’s division.

People’s Choice Awards – Two People’s Choice Awards will be given during this year’s contest. The general public can vote on their favorite ADULT and CHILD division creation, by completing an event evaluation. All regular contest rules apply.

WEATHER DEPENDENT
The event is WEATHER DEPENDENT. In the event of bad weather, set up and registration may be delayed up until 10:30 AM. If bad weather continues, the event will be postponed until the following year. If bad weather occurs during the contest, participants may continue at will or at the discretion of lifeguards. Judging may be cancelled at any time if warranted by current weather conditions.

36th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm
See more at: https://www.beach-fun.com/sandcastle-contest.html


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Free Outdoor Movies & Bonfires in Dewey Beach, Delaware

Image Courtesy of CarolynWatson.com via Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach CC.

Image Courtesy of CarolynWatson.com via Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach CC.

After a long day soaking up the sun, it’s nice to have an evening of relaxing family entertainment. It’s even better if it’s free. Popular Dewey Beach, Delaware, knows what folks like and offers up free Monday Night Movies and Wednesday Night Bonfires.Bring your family, a blanket, and some popcorn to Dewey Beach on Monday for family movie night.

Movies will start at approximately 8:30 P.M on the beach at Dagsworthy St. in Dewey.

The 2014 Movie Schedule Includes:

•06/16/14 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
•06/23/14 – The Odd Life of Timothy Green
•06/30/14 – FROZEN
•07/07/14 – Monsters University
•07/14/14 – Curious George (2006)
•07/21/14 – Fly Me to the Moon
•07/28/14 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
•08/04/14 – The Smurfs
•08/11/14 – The Smurfs 2
•08/18/14 – Despicable ME 2
•08/25/14 – Planes

Want “S’MORE” fun? Bring your family, beach chair and some marshmallows to the beach at Dagsworthy St. in Dewey on Wednesdays for a bonfire. Bonfires will be held every Wednesday from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM, June 18th through August 27th.

These events are WEATHER DEPENDENT. In event of inclement weather, cancellations will be determined no later than:
• 7:00 PM on day of event – MOVIES
• 6:00 PM on day of event – BONFIRES
Notice of cancellation will be posted at the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station Bulletin Board. Staff will notify Dewey Beach accommodations of cancellations made prior to the start of an event. If weather is clear events will take place as scheduled, but may end at any time during due to weather conditions.

Cancellations due to weather are posted here:
https://midatlantictravel.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/free-outdoor-movies-bonfires-in-dewey-beach-delaware/


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Save the Date for the Odessa Brewfest September 6, 2014 in Delaware

Beer festivals are known for craft brews, good music, delicious food and great company, but not necessarily beautiful venues. Many beer festivals are held either inside large convention halls or tent-and-asphalt affairs outdoors. The Odessa Brewfest is an opportunity to sample some of the best regional and national craft beers accompanied by great food, great music, and great people. Over 40 breweries are scheduled to attend.

Rich Wagner brings his colonial brewing demonstration to the Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 6, 2014. Image Courtesy of Odessa Brewfest

Rich Wagner brings his colonial brewing demonstration to the Odessa Brewfest on Sept. 6, 2014. Image Courtesy of Odessa Brewfest

The 2014 Odessa Brewfest will be in a sprawling grass field overlooking water, surrounded by historical homes, blooming gardens and Delaware historic landmarks. Known in the 1700s as Cantwell’s Bridge, Odessa contains some of the finest examples of 18th and 19th century architecture in the state, including the 1822 Cantwell’s Tavern.

For tickets, information, and an up-to-date list of participating brewers, visit OdessaBrewfest.Com.

Date: September 6, 2014
Time: 12noon – 6:00pm
Location: Odessa, DE


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The Annual Running of the Bull in Delaware, July 12, 2014

Update: Sunday July 13, 2014 Bull Wins Fight at Dewey’s Annual Running of the Bull
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/07/12/bull-everyone-else-runs-wild-dewey/12580949/

Image Courtesy of The Starboard

Image Courtesy of The Starboard

In a state known for its silly events, (the Punkin Chunkin’; the Buffalo Stampede) the Annual Running of the Bull at Dewey Beach, Delaware has to be one of the quirkiest. What started out 18 years ago as a word-of-mouth party for friends has turned into experience big enough to be included on E! Online’s “Ultimate Summer Bucket List” of 17 summer events. Surprisingly, the Annual Running of the Bulls ranked in between heavy-hitters like Comic-Con and Lollapalooza.

“Delaware doesn’t usually come to mind when trying to think of an amazing place to party this summer, but most people have never been to Dewey Beach,” the website for the E! Entertainment cable channel reported. (Maybe E! hasn’t heard of Firefly, but whatever…)

“Of course the bull is fake, and we can only assume that copious amounts of alcohol are involved, but this event brings out thousands of people every year who flock to see what this party town has to offer.”

Washington, D.C.’s Michael McDonnell and a few of his beach house friends launched the first bull run in 1997. Since then, it has grown into a fan-favorite bash that draws up to 2,000 party-goers from across the country to watch two men in a bull costume chase fun-seekers down Dewey Beach.

The event mimics the Festival of San Fermin held in Pamplona, Spain and is held between July 7th and 13th to coincide with Spain’s famous running of the bulls. Some participants dress in the traditional Pamplona white clothing and red bandanas, while other favor less traditional bikini tops, kilts, clown wigs, and whatever they feel like. Unlike the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, there have been no deaths or gorings in Dewey Beach. Local police escort runners across Delaware Route 1, which helps lower the danger level.

Participation in the event is free.

For more information:
http://thestarboard.com/running-of-the-bull/
The 18th annual Running of the Bull
Saturday, 2 p.m.
The Starboard
2009 Del. 1
Dewey Beach, DE