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Despite the important precautions we are all observing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, here are some family-friendly events and activities located around Delaware and Maryland...

Coastal Happenings
Rehoboth Beach:
Fri., December 18 - Sun., December 20: Clear Space Presents "Elf: the Musical"
Thurs., December 31: Dewey Ball Drop
Now through December 27: Lewes Lights Contest Driving Tour
Sat., December 19: Canning History Through Cooking - Virtual Cooking Lesson
Sat., December 19: Visit Santa in His House in Lewes

Fri., December 18 - Thurs., December 24: Live Nativity on the Georgetown Circle
Ocean City:
Now through January 2: Winterfest of Lights Walk Through Event
Sat., December 19: Santa's Visit on an OC Fire Truck

*Fri., January 1: 10th Annual (Virtual) Hair of the Dog - Race Anytime, Anywhere*
Surging Home Sales Continue Against All Odds
by Martina Rexrode
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The current pandemic has uprooted different facets of all our lives as Realtors. It has completely transformed the way we go about our jobs, causing us to attend virtual sales meetings from our couches and grow accustomed to home offices. However, the housing market seems to be adapting to these changes rather well.
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How to Build More Equity in Your Home
Courtesy of Rob Mercer, First Home Mortgage
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Home equity is the stake in your home you actually own. The more equity you have, the more you stand to gain when it’s time to sell later on. You can also tap home equity via loans or lines of credit when you need to pay for home improvements, medical bills, college tuition or any other costs that you might be dealing with.

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Seaview Loop - Long Neck Shores
Featured Listing
*Just Settled!*
Located in the beautiful community of Long Neck Shores, this stunning, move-in ready 3-bedroom, 3-bath home with office is nearly perfect in every way. Relax while living the beach life in this light-filled, serene environment. The beautiful window treatments--complete with Plantation Shutters--convey. Freshly painted (including the ceiling) the home is completely spotless. The first-floor features two owner suites with tray ceiling, a formal dining room, an office and laundry room. An extra refrigerator with icemaker is in the garage (available for purchase) for all your party needs.
LISTED FOR $379,000
SOLD FOR $395,000
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Kira Kaplinski
Featured Photographer
Kira Kaplinski is a photographer who holds this hobby and passion very close to her heart. She remembers having a darkroom in her childhood home and how fascinating it was to watch her father develop film. When she first got into photography around 30 years ago, she initially started with darkroom techniques, but it wasn't long before digital photography started to take over. 

Photography is something that's taken Kaplinski all around the world. She's visited all seven continents and over 50 countries, saying that one of her goals is to "inspire people to travel and go to see places that are far from their houses." However, the location she finds her self returning to time and time again is more local. She describes South Bethany as "magical" and talks about her appreciation for the ocean and how beautiful nature appears here. Kaplinski's favorite part about her photography is the different color combinations she can capture. 

If the images above interest you, Kaplinski has prints for sale and is featured in some permanent exhibits in McLean, Virginia. Her photos have been published in several magazines, websites, newspapers, and books including National Geographic, Britannica, and BBC News.
For more information and to view her photographs, head over to Kaplinski's Flickr portfolio and her Facebook page. She also has 2021 calendars for sale here.
Furry Friend Needing a Forever Home
Manny is a 2-year-old Domestic Shorthair Mix with beautiful orange and white coloring. He is spayed and neutered and it is unknown if he is housetrained. For more information about Manny and other adoptable furry friends, check out the Brandywine Valley SPCA website as well as their Facebook page.
Homemade Bubble Bath Without the Chemicals
DIY Spotlight
Using just distilled water, castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and essential oils, this bubble bath recipe is incredibly simple to make and only takes a few minutes of your time. Check out the link below to learn how to make it for yourself.
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Delaware's Most Interesting Roadside Attractions
Only in Delaware
If you spend enough time driving through the First State, you’ll spot plenty of strange sights on the side of the road. Whether you live in Sussex, Kent, or New Castle County, a drive through Delaware can be filled with empty fields and farmland. With the few attractions listed below, your drive can become more interesting. For example, the World War II towers along the Sussex County coastlines still stand, with some lighting up at sunset and one you can climb at Cape Henlopen State Park. In Delmar, you can view the giant crab outside of the Old Mill Crab Shack, a very Delawarean attraction. Finally, if you ever find yourself around the Dover Downs International Speedway, keep your eyes peeled for Miles the Monster, known as the world's largest monster. There are plenty of local attractions as well, but if you're a native Delawarean, you're sure to have come across the three listed above at least once in your lifetime.
Visit This Holiday Light Walk at Old Westminster Winery
Only in Maryland
Old Westminster Winery in Carroll County, Maryland is a location where you can head for warm drinks, pizza, and a gorgeous walk through tunnels of lights. It's a great place to visit year-round, but it reaches a new level during the holiday season. There is a holiday market featuring wreaths and other holiday gifts and plenty of drink specials to keep you and your family warm. After exploring, take a walk through the brand new attraction that holds around 250,000 lights. They trail down either side and hang overhead, surrounding you in a sea of shining stars and colors. If you're looking for a unique holiday attraction that keeps you and your family distanced from others this year, head to Old Westminster Winery. Check out their website for more details.
December Holidays Around the World
No matter what you celebrate, it is always nice to learn about different traditions and celebrations that go on all around the world. Whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Boxing Day, we all deserve a little extra holiday cheer this year. Check out the article below to learn about several December holidays that take place in different countries and right here in our own communities.
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Joanne C.
Featured Testimonial
"My husband and I interviewed several agents and selected Sandra Erbe to represent our property. Her marketing skills are outstanding and to this point our home was beautifully displayed and heavily marketed on several platforms. Sandra is very personable yet professional; she is tenacious and will do whatever she can to assure satisfaction. She knows the market and has a great network to lean on if needed. We highly recommend Sandra!"
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Coastal Salt
Featured Restaurant
Coastal Salt is an American-style seafood restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland. Opening in May of this year, Coastal Salt prides itself in serving fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They strive to provide customers with original coastal cuisine in a cool and casual atmosphere. To set them apart from other restaurants in the area, Coastal Salt emphasizes the creative ways in which they prepare local ingredients. Their dishes have a culinary twist, the cocktails are inventive, and the view from the patio is one that can't be beat.

If you're looking to check out Coastal Salt, be sure to try the Lemonade Scallops, pan-seared scallops with a lemonade glaze, or their Fried Deviled Eggs topped with lump crab meat. They hold happy hour drink specials every day from 2-5 PM and hold set times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

For more information, hours, and full menus, head over to their websiteFacebook page, or call them at 410-973-SALT.
Furry Friend Needing a Forever Home
Mendez is a 4-year-old Retriever mix with the sweetest face. She is one of the many dogs from the Delaware Humane Association who is available at their Wilmington location. Mendez is a large pup who came to DHA as one of five dogs rescued by Humane Society Internation from a dog meat farm in Haemi, South Korea. She is seeking a patient home to help her make the transition to regular domestic life. All animals from DHA are spayed and neutered, given age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped, and examined by a vet prior to adoption. Profiles on the website are updated regularly, so visit their site and their Facebook page for more information!
Extended Play
Featured Retail
After a successful event for Record Store Day on Black Friday last month, Extended Play in Rehoboth Beach considered themselves officially open for business. Local music lovers and record-buyers turned out to support their new space and get a head start on holiday shopping. The store started out as an extension, pun intended, of Gidget's Gadgets where they could focus on the record and music offerings that were built there. Because of this, those at Extended Play had already developed a history in the Rehoboth area that they're excited to continue. 

Extended Play is one of the only record shops in the area, so they're glad to be a place that most people don't come into contact with in their day-to-day life. To make themselves more unique, they try to bring in a record selection that those same people wouldn't come across in other shops. One of the best parts about the atmosphere of Extended Play is hearing rare and recognizable music flow through the speakers while browsing. 

Currently, Extended Play is open from 12-5 PM on weekdays, 12-6 PM on Friday and Saturday, and closed on Tuesdays. Used records go on the shelves daily and they stock new releases every Friday.

For more information, head over to their Facebook and Instagram pages!
Faithful Friends Animal Society
Featured Volunteer Opportunity
Faithful Friends Animal Society was founded in 2000 by a group of animal lovers who believe there is a much better way to address the problem of pet homelessness than mass euthanasia. Around that time, about 80-90% of animals entering shelters did not make it out alive. Faithful Friends is committed to the national no-kill goal for the entire state of Delaware as well as the fight for the welfare of animals in all local shelters so that pets in our local communities receive the treatment and care that they deserve.

Although COVID-19 has uprooted many organization's plans and has put Faithful Friends' volunteer applications on hold, it's still important to keep your volunteering options open. As a volunteer for Faithful Friends, you can be a Cat Caregiver, Cat Cuddler, Dog Caregiver, a helper with the laundry and dishes, and an office helper. You can also volunteer from home by fostering cats and dogs, or by helping with the pet lifeline. 

For more information, check out Faithful Friends' website and Facebook page.
Keller Williams Continues to Outperform the Market in Every Category!
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