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Cape Gazette TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 13 Saltwater Portrait )) UPS driver grew up in Hurlock, Md., on the state's Eastern Shore. She seems brings infectious happy to be doing the work and the feeling is mutual. Fitzhugh enthusiasm to route said the reason she chose to By Ryan Mavity drive the Rehoboth route was ryanm@capegazette.com the friendliness of the people and the family atmosphere of ehoboth Beach pridesthe town. itself on being a small "I get to deliver packages that where everyone my customers need and want, knows your name. That's espe- and I love bringing a smile to cially true for Rhonda Fitzhugh. their face when it's here. Things Fitzhugh has been delivering that they need or want, I'm the packages in Rehoboth for 20 one they look forward to bring- years, nearly all of her 24-year ing it. career with UPS. "To make their day. That Her route begins at the Point means a lot," Fitzhugh said. restaurant at the entrance to December is particularly Rehoboth. From there, she busy, she said, with the influx of goes all over town. Fitzhugh's Christmas packages. stop at Baltimore Avenue is a Fitzhugh's popularity in big one, with the businesses of Rehoboth led to friends starting the second block - including a Facebook petition to try to get CAMP Rehoboth and r-Squared her in a UPS ad campaign. Design, plus the Rehoboth "It would be an awesome Mews - having a good number thing; I would love that," she of deliveries. Fitzhugh backs said. "I've given this company out her handcart, loads up and 120 percent every day I work heads to the Mews. Each person here. It's made me a good living. she encounters is greeted by It's made me healthy. And I've name before receiving their met a lot of good people along delivery, the way." "I think I take after my mom She said she took the job in that part. When you greet at UPS because she thought people by their name, it means it would be a good company extra. You're saying it as a per- to work for. Traditionally, son," she said. Fitzhugh said, UPS hires part- Clad in her brown UPS time drivers around Christmas uniform, Fitzhugh is friendly time and would bring drivers and quick with a smile. Part of who performed well on full her easy charm is her country time. accent; Fitzhugh was born and Early in her career, Fitzhugh RHONDA FITZHUGH POSES at Rehoboth Beach for 20 years. her UPS truck during a stop RYAN MAVITY PHOTO on Baltimore Avenue. Fitzhugh has been a familiar face in served as a cover driver, filling in different mutes all over Sus- sex County. One of those routes was Rehoboth, and she quickly grew to love the town. When she got the chance to make Rehoboth her full-time route, she jumped at the chance. It's a decision she is still happy with. "It's like my family down here," Fitzhugh said. "I've seen them have babies. I've seen their babies grow up and get married." Fitzhugh recently bought a chicken farm in Seaford with her husband, Brian, which she plans to make her second career when she's eligible to retire from UPS. Their farm raises 72,000 chickens, along with pigs and goats. Fitzhugh said she has always wanted to live on a farm, and four years ago, she had the opportunity to do so. "I've always like the farming thing," she said. "We went for it." While she recently turned 50, Fitzhugh said the job has kept her from feeling like she's 50 with all the exercise that comes with the work. "I'm still going. I hope I have a few more years in me," she said. Cape Theatre to present The group has raised $13,000 in fly tact 302-684-3038, info@pcade. the past three years. Brie )) corn, www.pcade.com or stop Each year, the entire Theatre inat 110 Union St., Milton. holiday production Dec 16 17 Academy comes together to - present the holiday production Holiday Drag Show on to elementary school students in stage Dec. 19 in Milton Milton Arts 6uild offers the Cape Hen]open School Dis- Looking for a fun evening of Immediately following the the- trict. School-day performances Wigs are on and the room isHoliday pARTy Dec. 17 good cheer and holiday spirit? atre production, the fabulous will be playing Tuesday and all warmed up for Magnolia's The Milton Arts Guild is Students in the Cape Henlopen Cape Henlopen High School Wednesday, Dec. 16 and 17, free Jingle Ball. Premier Centre for hosting its Holiday pARTy Theatre Academy will present Dance Team will ring in the year of charge, the Arts at the Milton Theatre is Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 7 to 9 their holiday production, "The with its version of the Radio City Students will also bring their excited to announce the Holiday p.m. Call Aurelio at 202-841-2081 Twelve Days of December," at 7 Christmas Spectacular. Santa Holiday Cabaret to the residents Drag Show. to reserve a spot ASAP. p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, Claus will make an appearance of both Cadbury and Brandywine On Friday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m., Cost is $35 per person and in- Dec. 16 and 17, at the high school onstage, assisted living centers, these ladies are going to strut cludes all materials. theater on Kings Highway near At the end of the performanc- Classes come together to ere- their stuff for the audience. Instruction from drawing to Lewes. Tickets are $10 for adults es, the students will be holding ate gift baskets, handmade cards Tickets are $1,5; cash bar avail- painting will be provided by and $5 for students and senior red buckets for donations to and ornaments that are passed able at the concession stand. Diane Hake. citizens. Broadway Cares. For the fourth out after each performance. Stu- This show features some of All artists are welcome, wheth- A special auction at the end of year, the Broadway community dents will be visiting with young the most popular drag queens in er aspiring or experienced. the performance with items from is raising money for those in patients at A.I. DuPont, bringing lower Delaware. Held at the Studios on Walnut, Broadway shows will include need during the holiday season, of holiday spirit with their per- Magnolia Applebottom is located at 310 Walnut St. in Mil- autographed Broadway posters, The Cape Henlopen Theatre formances, headlining this show along with ton, MAG pARTies are always a items from top shows including Academy will accept cash, or Students of Cape Henlopen Tamia Mykles and Phoenix Ris- festive event where they share ornaments, T-shirts, book bags checks made payable to Broad- Theatre Academy will also hand ing. a creative fun experience plus a and more. way Cares/Equity Fights Aids. out cards and donated toys. For questions or tickets con- beverage and snack.