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Cool Things To Do September 27th-29th

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(SUSSEX/KENT COUNTY), Del. -  The first weekend of fall brings several annual events and traditions for people of all ages to experience and even learn from. Most of these cool things to do are for a cause.

Find your place in history in Lewes all weekend long. History and historical fiction books will be scattered between Bethel United Methodist Church, the Margaret Rollins School of Nursing building, the Lewes Public Library, and the Rollins Community Center. The third annual History Book Festival brings more than 20 authors to meet with young adult and adult readers.

“History belongs to all of us and we try to represent with our book choices all four corners of history," says Co-Chair and Founder Jen Mason. "We want to bring readers of all stripes and sizes to participate.”

Mason says the festival is not just for readers. “Especially for people who love to write, talking to other writers is really meaningful.”


“We have a large writing community in this area," says Rebecca Lowe with the Lewes Public Library. "Being able to interact with published authors is really a great benefit.”

Browseabout Books will have book sales at every venue with opportunities to get books signed and personalized. Money made off sales goes right back into the festival. "We’ll have four venues on Saturday and we’ll have book sales at all of those locations," says Managing Partner Susan Kehoe. "People can get their books signed or personalized. They can buy a book for themselves. Signed books make great gifts," she says. 

Admission is free on Saturday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets for Sunday’s closing address can be purchased at historybookfestival.org.

If you missed a presentation at the festival, the library brings authors back via Skype once a month to discuss their books. 

Further south along the coast another weekend-long event brings more than 400 golden retrievers from across the country to the beach at Van Dyke Street in Dewey. The biannual Dewey Golden Jubilee first started in 2013.

Friday night the dogs and their owners gather at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for a costume contest and parade. The pets can enjoy treats from Salty Paws Ice Cream. Saturday morning the dogs will mingle on the beach while their owners can enter in raffles for more than 30 prizes. A bonfire will be held that night. Then a Sunday morning poop patrol walk will ensure no mess gets left behind. Proceeds from the event go towards the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study.

"It's to discover the risk factors involved with certain diseases for cancer and other related diseases for the environmental, nutritional, genetic, and lifestyle effects that people have in their dogs," explains event "instigator" Karen Gerth.

Last year $3000 was made from the raffle alone and this year organizers expect to easily reach $5000.

Meanwhile more than 20 restaurants will bring the best coastal cuisine Delaware has to offer to Independence Clubhouse in Millsboro. The 5th annual Southern Delaware Wine, Food, and Music festival (or SoDel Fest) takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Guests can enjoy more than 50 wines, craft beers, and spirits while listening to local musicians. One of the highlights is the Chop-Style Chef Throw-Down.

"This year it's the Battle of the Sexes," says event founder and organizer Stacy LaMotta. "Men chef versus female chef. There will be an award given to one of those teams and it's a Chop-style competition where each of the three chefs on each side have eight minutes each to use this mystery box of ingredients and they can't communicate with the other people on the team."

SoDel Fest gives back to the Beau Biden Foundation and Children and Families First.

In Kent County more than 200 truck drivers from across the region will meet on the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. At 10 am they'll join a 29-mile truck convoy through Kent County. This is the 17th year that this event will raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Delaware. Special Olympics athletes have the opportunity to ride shotgun.

Other Cool Things To Do: 

- Delaware Resorts Fall Home Expo - Lewes

- Dogfish Dash - Milton

- Trap Pond Beer, Wine, Spirits Festival - Laurel 

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