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With 2020 passing the halfway mark, it's time to take full advantage of local events and offerings. Here are some to consider...

Coastal Happenings
Bethany Beach:
*Due to COVID-19, all town-sponsored events have been canceled.*
Fri., August 21: South Coastal Library Virtual Teen Craft
Fri., August 21: "Sister Act" by Clear Space Theatre @ the Freeman Stage
Sat., August 22: The Honey Dewdrops @ the Freeman Stage
Fri., August 28: Kategory 5 Band - Rewind to Vinyl @ the Freeman Stage

Rehoboth Beach:
Sat., August 22: "Cinderella" at Clear Space Theatre
Dewey Beach:
Every Monday: Movies on the Beach at Dagsworthy St. @ 8:30 pm
Fri., August 21: Rusty Rudder's 41st Anniversary Party
Thurs., August 20: Cape May-Lewes Ferry Concert - Hot Dogs and Gin
Ocean City:
Every Thursday: Family Beach Games @ 6:30 pm
Every Thursday: Downtown Fireworks on the Beach @ 10:30 pm
Every Friday: Movies on the Beach @ 8:30 pm (27th Street & 118th Street)
Dog-Friendly Beaches: Making the Best of Local Gems
With all of the time we're spending at home lately, it's nice to step outside for some fresh air, especially if you have pets. There are plenty of beautiful nature trails and walking locations across the state but not many give your furry friend the chance to have fun in the water. Fenwick Island State Park is a gem whether you're looking to sit in the sand with your friends and family or give your dog a break from lounging around on the couch. During the summer, dogs are allowed on the far left side of the beach as long as they're leashed and picked up after. Similar dog-friendly beachy areas include Fresh Pond in Bethany Beach and James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View. Give your pups the refreshing day trip they deserve and enjoy the local scenery yourself!
10 Important Things to Do When Moving into a New Home
by Laura Mueller
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There is a lot to consider when moving into a new home. And while we often consider moving steps like packing and unpacking to be the only major things standing in the way of fully settling in, it’s actually the things that you do after moving into a new home that make the biggest difference. Getting associated with your house, learning how it functions, and prioritizing what projects you want to tackle is part and parcel of taking on your role as a homeowner—and it’s better to do it all right when you move in, instead of waiting and just assuming you’ll figure it all out later on.
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Not All Agents Are Created Equal
from Keeping Current Matters 
Image via Keeping Current Matters
In today’s fast-paced world where answers are just a Google search away, there are some who may question the benefits of hiring a real estate professional when selling a house. The reality is, the addition of more information can lead to more confusion. A real estate agent can be your essential guide, but truth be told, not all agents are created equal. Finding the right agent for you and your family should be your top priority when you’re ready to sell your house.
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Arrington Woods
Featured Listing
This charming 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom end unit is flooded with natural light and features two owner suites - one on each floor. It is ideally located within walking distance to the Freeman Stage and just minutes away from South Delaware and North Ocean City beaches. Current owners have enjoyed approximately $44,000 in annual rental income.
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Corner fireplace
  • 3-season porch with views of lush landscape and the pond (when trees are bare)
LISTED FOR $344,900
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Record-Shattering Seller's Market for June 2020
At the beginning of July, it was reported that there was a lot of evidence supporting a strong seller's market at the beach. In May of this year, 55 properties went under contract in the Bethany-Fenwick area, the highest number of sales ever recorded in one month. However, in June contracts were up by nearly 50% at 81. The difference between a buyer's market and a seller's market is generally that 7 months of inventory or less is considered a seller's market while more than 7 months is considered a buyer's market. With that in mind, it is incredible to think that buyer's demand is so high when inventory is so low. Only at the beach!
Patrick Walsh
Featured Photographer
Originally from Laurel, Maryland, Patrick Walsh has been taking photographs his entire adult life. When he was younger, he captured anything he could on film cameras; as he got older, he collected better equipment and continued with photography even after retirement. Walsh has photographed dozens of local areas like Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet as well as traveling back to Maryland and Maine to visit his favorite spots and catch their beauty through his own lens. 

When asked about what typically draws his attention, Walsh says he's fallen in love with landscapes as he's gotten older. "I look for the beauty in what's in front of me," said Walsh, a quote that encompasses the photographs below. It is easy to forget the simple beauty of local landscapes, but maybe a look at Walsh's images will bring a sense of warmth and comfort to your life.
The Addy Sea's Fascinating History
Only in Delaware
The Addy Sea is a historical staple of Bethany Beach, Delaware. It was built in 1902 and was originally supposed to be the family estate of John Addy from Pittsburgh. Due to storm damage, it was relocated twice in the 1920s which led the Addy family to start renting out rooms during the Great Depression to make ends meet. This charming bed and breakfast destination happens to be one of the most haunted spots in the state, rumored to feature the ghost of former employee Paul Dulaney. Read more about the history or book a room on their website.
Calvert Cliffs State Park
Only in Maryland
Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, Maryland is a unique day trip location. Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, or even hunting for prehistoric fossils, there's something for everybody. The Red Trail is a 1.8-mile hike that takes you through woodland paths and swamplands and ends right at the beach. The clay cliffs surrounding the beach hold fossils from the Miocene era 10 to 20 million years ago. As the cliffs erode more and more each year, fossils become more visible to visitors. Visit the Maryland Department of National Resources website for more information.
Image via Chesapeake Living
14 Global
Featured Restaurant
For August, we've decided to feature 14 Global, a restaurant that takes on influences from Mexico, Thailand, Morocco, Italy, Japan, and even a little southern soul food. It's located at 14 N Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, drawing in local families and yearly tourists. Regarding the current pandemic, they've had to adapt by adding a to-go platform that they call "Chow Now". With April and May sales down, they were finally able to open in early June with the removal of six indoor tables. Those tables were somewhat made up by their successful to-go food. 

14 Global has such a wide range of influences that there is bound to be something for everyone's tastebuds. Popular dishes include Moroccan duck wings, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Fried Goat Cheese Balls, and Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeños. Along with their food, 14 features dozens of cocktails that are freshly squeezed to order with homemade infused alcohol and syrups, fresh herbs, and other goodies straight from the garden. Some of their most popular drinks are "The Dragon," a spicy margarita with their habanero infused tequila, and the "Lavandula," made with freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, lavender and rosemary-infused syrup, and Four Rose's bourbon. 

Potential and returning customers alike should feel encouraged to "come try something new and unique." Your new favorite meal could be waiting for you! Head over to their website or Facebook page for ingredients and additional information.
Made By Hand International Co-Op
Featured Retail
Made By Hand International Cooperative in Bethany Beach is a store unlike any other. Located right off of Coastal Highway, it is a smaller business that can be simply described as a gift shop but is much more than that. Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand, says that the store's primary goal is "to eradicate poverty wherever it resides." The artists who provide handmade goods for the store are inherently poor, but Grimes believes the same can be said for her customers' desire to do good things without the steps to get them there. Fair trade businesses provide local shoppers and members of the community with the first step. By purchasing artwork and other items from Made By Hand, you are directly helping those in need. "Their [the artist's] lives get better, then the world gets better, and that fills my soul in a positive way," says Grimes.
When asked about how they're able to curate such a unique collection of items, Grimes says that they work with other fair traders in a cooperative model with businesses and artists. Competition is eliminated by friendly relationships with fair trade companies and Grimes says they even encourage other businesses to open locally and nationally. They rarely have items delivered by plane unless it's a small shipment and instead, opt to fill containers on ships because of the lesser impact on the environment. 
If you're looking for "unique, handcrafted items that radiate the artist's heart and soul," Made By Hand might be your new favorite shop. For more information about their hours and products, head over to their website or Facebook page.
New Life Thrift Shop
Featured Volunteer Opportunity
New Life Thrift Shop in Lewes, Delaware is a well-loved nonprofit and a major source of funding for the Lewes Rehoboth Association of Churches (LRAC), a charitable organization that gives 100% back to the community. Some local charities that are supported by LRAC include the International Student Outreach Program, the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, and Cape Henlopen Food Basket. Tucked away just behind Jiffy Lube on Coastal Highway, New Life proves to be an impressive business, ranking in the top 3 out of every thrift store in the state. 

With all the free time we have right now, giving a few hours of our day to a business that's as tied to the community as New Life seems like time well spent. They are looking for volunteers to help with moving heavy items, carpentry, receiving donations, sorting items, testing appliances, and much more! Head over to their website for more information and contact manager Andrea Caswell if you're interested. 
Meet the Editor
Martina Rexrode
Fresh off of her first year at the University of Delaware, Martina took the offer of becoming the Marketing Associate and newsletter editor for Sandra Erbe without a second thought. Her mother works at Keller Williams Realty in Bethany, so she’s had a connection to the company for a few years. After being sent home from campus in early March due to COVID-19 and getting the news that this upcoming spring semester will be completely online, the opportunity to work from home could not come at a better time.

Martina is an English major at UD and has been interested in writing since elementary school. Her preferred style is fiction writing, but she’s written for a number of online publications and is currently a writer and editor for UD’s branch of Her Campus, a female-led online magazine.
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