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76 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, September 17 - September 23, 1999 Fourth Maritime Weekend coming to Lewes Oct. 2-3 The Lewes Chamber of Com- merce and Visitors Bureau Inc. has announced plans for its fourth annual maritime event, Boast the Coast, which will take place Sat- urday, Oct. 2. This year's grand marshal for the Lighted Boat Pa- rade is Michael Harkins, director of the Delaware River & Bay Au- thority. Boast the Coast was conceived in 1996 to showcase Lewes' nauti- cal heritage and to feature activi- ties that complemented the previ- ously established Coast Day event, sponsored by the Universi- ty of Delaware's College of Ma- rine Studies. Coast Day is sched- uled for Sunday, Oct. 3. According to Boast the Coast chairman Carol Pearce of First Union Bank, "This year's festival will feature some of the previous year's most popular activities and some new ones, all with an em- phasis on nautical education for all ages." Activities will take place throughout the Lewes area, in- eluding the Boast the Coast tent, located on the east side of the Lewes Canal, next to the Light- house Restaurant; at Cape Hen- lopen State Park; at the city dock and adjacent 1812 Park; and on the Lewes Canal. In addition to the Boast the Coast activities list- ed below, the Lewes merchants are hosting their fall sidewalk sale, and the Lewes Historical So- ciety will sponsor its fall craft fair at the Historic Complex area. The culmination of the day's nautically themed activities will be the Lighted Boat Parade. The popularity of this aspect of the festival has been demonstrated by the huge numbers of people who line the canal banks to watch the boats each year. Boats will be judged in cate- gories based on the size and type of boat with cash and merchan- dise awards. Cape Gazette pub- lisher Dennis Fomey will emcee the parade from a vantage point at Fisherman's Wharf. Boat owners are currently being solicited to enter the parade. There is no entry fee, but preregis- tration is required and applica- tions may be obtained by calling or stopping by the Chamber of Commerce, located at 120 Kings Highway. Registrations are also available at Lewes Harbour Mari- na Bait & Tackle Shop. In the Boast the Coast tent, Flumpa and Friends Live, a tree frog and his circle of pals, will be making a return appearance with lots of interactive audience partic- ipation activities, new songs and a new set. The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Outreach Educa- tion Department will present a Whale Watch program including a simulated dolphin training session to discover how trainers commu- nicate with dolphins. The shows are scheduled for 11 a.m., noon; 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. The cost to attend any or all shows is $5 per family and can be paid at the tent's en- trance on the day of the show. The paid entrants will have their hand stamped and can return at any time during the day to attend later shows. Simultaneously, across the canal, boat tours will be taking place. The United States Coast Guard Station cape May will be participating by sending its 47- foot motor life boat, used primari- ly for heovy weather search and rescue missions. The Coast Guard's cutter will be open for free tours beginning at 11 a.m. and will later lead the Lighted Boat Parade down the canal. The appearance by a schooner-type vessel, available for tours and the boat parade, is currently being ne- gotiated and will be announced at a later date. Adjacent to the city dock in 1812 Park, Lewes' La Rosa Negra Restaurant will be staging a seafood tasting. Beginning at 11 a.m., and until approximately 2 p.m., delicious seafood specialties will be available to be purchased. Concurrently, Footlight Produc- tions, a popular local entertain- ment group, will be performing in the park, entertaining festival-go- ers with live music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., Happy Go Lucky, a pair of clowns who have delighted Lewes area residents, will present a Family Fun Come- dy Magic Show. Prior to the show, they will be face-painting and making free animal balloons for children at the park. Another popular attraction, rarely open to the public, will be the Maritime Exchange Tower, lo- cated in Cape Henlopen State Park. By special arrangement, the Tower willbe open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3. Due to the limited access of the tower, assigned-time admission tickets must be re- served in advance of arrival at the tower. Admission is $3 per person and tickets can be purchased in person at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce beginning Sept. 13. The tower is owned by the Philadelphia Maritime Exchange and used by the Pilots' Associa- tion of the Bay and River Delaware to monitor the vessel traffic to and from the ocean and bay. The Maritime Exchange is making this available to Boast the Coast and Coast Day attendees and will have guided tours by re- tired Bay & River Delaware pilot Bob Johnson during the stated hours. Children's activity book features Delaware coastal heritage Parents looking for fun and unique activities for their kids will want to check out the Delaware Division of Parks and Recre- ation's new 35-page guide, "Coast Quest-Adventures Along the Coastal Heritage Greenway." The colorful booklet is packed with games, puzzles, stickers and a map that points a way to 12 nat- ural and historic treasures along Delaware's coast. The entire fami- ly will enjoy exploring Artists Continued from page 75 Bethany Beach, pastel on paper; Carlos Alejandro of Hockessin, silver gelatin print; Ken Mabrey of Arden, oil on linen; C. Viers Mace of Dewey Beach, watercol- or; and Henry C. Meier of Lewes, watercolor. Literary artists represented are Allen Heggern of Newark; Fran- cis Poole of Newark; James Kee- gan of Milton; and Flada Brown Jackson of Newark. Artists were chosen who had applied .for artistic fellowships or who had submitted work in the state slide registry. The initiative is part of the DDOA's "ongoing effort to focus attention on Delaware arts and artists through partnerships with other state agencies. An earlier project was a series of seven posters featuring work by Delaware artists and photogra- phers issued by the Delaware Tourism Office. Delaware's nature, history and outdoors. This is the only chil- dren's activity book of its kind in Delaware, highlighting coastal towns, historic houses, museums, environmental education centers, beaches and natural ,areas. "This is a really innovative book that we think kids and their parents will enjoy because it gives them a chance to do something adventurous together," said Car- olyn White, marketing director for the Division of Parks and Recreation. "And it's simple be- cause there's no planning needed. It's all done for you, step-by-step, in the book." Delaware natives and visitors may be amazed at the different ac- tivities the Coastal Heritage Greenway has to offer: a Civil War fort, a Revolutionary War-era plantation once owned by states- man John Dickinson, and treas- ures recovered from the ship- wreck DeBrank. Along the way, there are historic towns, marsh- lands, the beach and plenty of places off the beaten path to watch for different birds, wildl.ife and marine animals, to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or hun- dreds of horseshoe crabs. Questers may choose to do the entire adventure over a few days or stretch it out over a few months Continued on page 77 1/2 PRICE BURGER NIGHT MENU SPECIALIZING IN: Fresh Fish, No-Filler Crab Cakes, Char-Grilled Burgers & Steaks, Sand- wiches (Hot & Cold), Seafood Potato Skins, Homemade Soups & More