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24 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 CAPE LI]FE Rehoboth holds first Cottage & Town Awards ceremony The first annual Rehoboth Beach Cottage & Town Awards were presented during a little par- ty held under the pines at the Cor- ner Cupboard Inn on Saturday, Aug. 9. Organizers called the response to the initial effort gratifying. Ed Cerullo, one of the co-founders of the awards, termed it a pleasure to bestow recognition on representa- tives from such a "diverse and eclectic community." Due to the large number of deserving candidates in the Resi- dential Restoration/Renovation category, selecting one winner was particularly difficult for the judges; therefore one winner was chosen to receive a restoration award, and another for renovation. Winners include: Residential Preservation - 1 Stockley Street owned by Hon. Henry Ridgely Horsey. Horsey told those gathered that his grand- parents built the cottage in 1911, having purchased the beachfront land for $250. The cottage was built behind the primary dune and became the natural setback for the string of homes built after that time on the south side of the city. Commercial Preservation - Planet X Restaurant owned by Justine and Clint Carpenter; the award was accepted by employee Jacob Hakanson. Landscape Preservation - 141 Columbia Avenue owned by Robert A. Burke and Donald A. Vicks, who noted they made every effort to preserve and transplant the existing landscaping rather than taking the "scorched earth" approach. Residential Restoration - 14 Columbia Avenue owned by Robert and Eileen Fremgen of New Jersey, who were "surprised and happy" to receive the award. Residential Renovation - 94 Sussex owned by Peter Horton, who transformed the house with a new salmon exterior and contrast- ing trim. 'Commercial Restoration/Ren- ovation - Gourmet By The Sea Shop owned by Peter Antolini, who noted that he had been pres- sured to paint the Baltimore Avenue enterprise puce or yellow, but stuck to a white shade close to the original color of the 1940s. Landscape Restoration/Reno- vation - 4 Rolling Road owned by Dr. Walter and Polly Stark, the latter who explained that having inherited the gardens from an elderly man, there was much work to be done, including bringing in 20 truckloads of topsoil and start- ing nearly from scratch. Residential New Construction 20 Ocean Drive, owned by Steven and Susan Mandel, who praised their architect, Louise Brooks of New Canaan, Ct., for the design. "Four generations from now, we believe it will stand the test of time," they said. Commercial New Construc- tion - The South Moon Under Complex, owned by Frank Gun- nion. In accepting the award, manager Beth Beckelman cited the many environmental features Gunnion had incorporated into the new building, sacrificing none of the commercial integrity while enhancing the community. Landscape New Installation - 34 Oak Avenue, owned by David and Dorrien Spillman, the latter who was credited with the task. The winner of the drawing for a gift certificate to Abizak's was Continued on page 25 Above, Henry Horsey (middle) accepts his Rehoboth Beach Cottage & Town Award for resi- dential preservation from committee members Elizabeth Hooper and Ed Cerullo, while at right, Polly Stark holds up her award for landscape restoration and renovation. Other winners include (above, clockwise from left), Peter Antolini of Gourmet by the Sea with committee mem- ber Patti Shreeve; (l-r) com- mittee member Michael Carr with winners Susan and Steven Mandell of 20 Ocean Drive and Cerullo; winners Robert Burke (left) and Don- ald Vicks of 141 Columbia Avenue; and winners David and Dorrien Spillman of 35 Oak Avenue, with his uncle Stuart Vining. New Age music can soothe a grandmother's breast Today, I am very calm. Life is simple. I am once again focused on the philosophy of "there is a place for everything and every- thing is in its place." This is a direct quote from a sheriff in a small town in Mississippi after fishing a dead body out of a local swamp. I am in my car listening to a compact disc by "Enya." For those of you unfamiliar with this artist's music, it's part of the new- age listening phenomena that's supposed to be very soothing. I would describe it as light non-fat funeral music. There's a lot of chanting in some sort of echo chamber and a lot of lyrics about water washing up somewhere. It's guaranteed to work, even if your car was sur- rounded by a gang of wild barking lobsters demanding to be driven to Nashville. For some unexplained reason, you would find this request prudent, turn your car AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz around and head south with the back seat full of barking lobsters. The fact that most husbands feel like puking at the sound of this new-age music makes it even more comforting. Sometimes people turn to this endeavor to help them with post traumatic stress syndromes such as a visit from their grandchildren. You can be introduced to this as early as the first day, when you are driven to the hospital to get that small sharp metal airplane out of the base of your foot. You could walk over hot coals for a year and never experience any- thing as painful as this two inch object designed to be placed on a shelf and admired. But wearing combat boots around the house during these vis- its is the least of your problems. Let's face it, by now some of us are at that stage where we have collected and displayed "things" in our home, which in a small way defines our lifestyles. It may be a set of English vases perched on that special table that you bought at an estate sale. Or perhaps, you've kicked up your heels and taken the plastic off the couches in your living room. The point is, you enjoy walking through your home straightening and fluffing, polishing and smoothing. Sure you still have that occa- sional nightmare where you knock on your son's room and it is answered by two rodents who swing open the door and pull up a chair for you. Aside from these momentary flashbacks, you have everything just where you want it. Now, picture your, "things" with all the doors and windows open and one of those Far Eastern typhoons that knocks out half the population in Indo-China roaring through your house. This picture will resemble what's left standing after a visit from those adorable grandchildren. That English vase, which will no longer exist, has been replaced with the large, extra super box of baby wipes. Any space that is not occupied by bassinets, swings, vibrating chairs, voice activated trains that do not shut off, paci- fiers that glow in the dark and plastic wrenches and crowbars will now be occupied by these large boxes of baby wipes. But somehow all this havoc seems appropriate in the summer. After all, you've been circling for a parking place in Rehoboth Beach since Memorial Day. Your living room will be no dif- ferent. And you can always get new "things," but not too many voices are going to call you Nan- Nan. Oh, did I mention why I was lis- tening to Enya in my car? That's because I am not allowed to breath on, walk by or touch the stereo in my home. But that's a whole other column, isn't it? 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