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Rehoboth jazz fest celebrates success, Scotty's legacy "This year's Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival exceeded every one of our goals, those of artistic excellence, funding growth, and community involve- ment of impact," said Dennis San- tangini, president of the Delaware Celebration of Jazz, organizer of the seven-year-old festival. Although Santangini is thrilled with the continued success of the festival, he noted that the area mu- sic community suffered a great loss with the passing of local leg- end Lawrence "Scotty" Scott, who died in early December, a few weeks after the festival. "Everyone in the community grieves the passing of Scotty," said Santangini, who added that the festival was inspired by the genius and gentleness of Scott. "We think of this festival as a final gift to Scotty," Santangini said, "which I think gave him some joy." Santangini said that the receipts and sponsorships for the festival increased by 25 percent over last year, the number of national acts was doubled, and retail and hote- lier participation was substantially increased. In addition, the festival opened its own retail Jazz Joint. The festival, in spite of the addi- tional costs and expenses that come with expansion, was still able to match the previous year's gift to the Scotty Jazz Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mentoring young music stu- dents in southern Delaware. "This year," Santangini said, "we achieved new respect among our sponsors and in the communi- ty as a whole. We are now poised to be a significant source to bene- fit the Scotty Foundation. Our dedicated and talented operating board, along with our new board of advisors, is determined to help pass along Scotty's love of mu- sic." The Scotty Jazz Foundation will be planting a tree with a memorial plaque to celebrate his work. Indi- viduals are invited to contribute to this effort. "We're very pleased to have es- tablished a nationally acclaimed music festival that brings 15,000 visitors to the region," Santangini said. Sussex Convention and Tourism Commission joins Center for Heritage Development Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission (SCCTC) has joined the National Center for Heritage Development (NCHD) to further its commitment to cul- tural, natural and historic tourism in Southern Delaware. The SCCTC is the only Sussex County member of the organiza- tion, and joins 200 organizations nationwide who are members. The SCCTC has begun work on development of the "Southern Delaware Heritage Trail," which links together the towns of Mills- boro, Milton, Milford, Green- wood, Seaford and Laurel by pro- moting its freshwater bodies and rivers along with the natural, his- torical and cultural attractions along the way. The development of the project, funded by a public-private part- nership between Greenwood Trust Bank in Greenwood, Townsends, Inc., in Miilsboro and the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission, will create aware- ness and positive economic im- pact in "tourism-underserved" ar- eas of Sussex County. There are 14 lodging establish- ments along the route, and through packaging and marketing, overnight visitation is expected to increase. Those currently serving on the Southern Delaware Heritage Trail Committee include Michelle Rogers and Debbie Mitchell, Lau- rel; Joan Boyce, Miiisboro; George Beauchamp and Bill Davis, Seaford; Tony Boyd- Heron, Milton; and Cindy Small, executive director of the SCCTC. Heritage development com- bines conservation, community and economic development. Her- itage development initiatives, such as the Southern Delaware Heritage Trail, are cropping up alll over the country from rural Amer- ica to metropolitan areas. According to the NCHD, "Those in the vanguard are form- ing coalitions and facilitating col- laborative strategies among di- verse regional stakeholders." "Community leaders in the public and private sector have discovered that heritage development offers an exciting opportunity to harness a wide range of community inter- ests into a sum that is greater than its parts." Located in Washington, D.C., the NCHD has members nation- wide and works to promote the development of a national net- work of heritage initiatives; repre- sents heritage development issues before Congress and federal agen- cies in Washington, D.C.; pro- vides a forum for sharing best practices and providing informa- tion; and sponsors the "Rally for America's Real Places," which will be held in Chicago in April, 1998. Southern Delaware Heritage Trail brochure maps are expected to be available, free of charge, in the spring of 1998, and will con- tain roadways suitable for auto tours and cycling adventures. To get on the mailing list for a free copy, call the SCCTC at 856- 1818. REHOBOTH BEACH LONG NECK FRIDAY NIGHT SEAFOOD BUFFET $1.00 Nite ] & Burgers] 1/2 Price Appetizer Nite I lb. of Shrimpl Pitcher of I Beer $8.95 ] (Long Neck Location Only) Can Outs Welcome Open Daily Happy Hour 3 to 7 PM with FREE BUFFET Frida;Night Fish Fry $9.95 (Rehoboth Location) 302-227-6700 OR 302-945-8900 Lunch Buffet (Rehoboth $5.95) New Year's Eve with Marl Rhodes & Blue Tears & T.T. The Currie Wayne Train 9 P.M.- 1A.M. $10.00 cover or $25.00 Single - $45.00 Couple includes Dinner, Cover Charge, Champagne Toast at Midnight & Party Favors! _J "Having accomplished that," he added, "we're looking to in- spire the musicians of the future. And that will fully celebrate Scot- ty's legacy. I think it would make Scotty very, very proud." Celebrate New Year's Eve at .Sedono with a very special 5 course Southwestern Dinner Seating available from 6 p.m. thru 10:30 p.m. at 1/2 hour intervals If seated by 7:30 p.m. $45/person if seated after 8:00 p.m. $60/person Reservations & Details 539-1200 26 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach Carge Haliday Men u Dinner 5-12 p.m.