Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum hosts one-of-a-kind historical dinner program

REHOBOTH BEACH  – A one-of-a-kind dining experience at the Indian River Life-Saving Station is being offered on Friday, September 20th at 6:00 p.m. State Park interpreters will dress in turn-of-the-century surfman uniforms and educate and entertain up to 30 guests as they feast on a 19th-century, locally inspired dinner.

Participants can expect a meal prepared by Chef Lion Gardner that consists of ingredients sourced from the sea and local marshlands, such as periwinkle snails, clams, pheasant, and wild beach plum. The meal will take place in the Life-Saving Station by lantern-light. Following dessert, guests will take a walk to the beach to experience what a surfman may have experienced on an evening beach patrol. Park interpreters will finish the evening by telling stories of tragedy and mystery that occurred along the Delaware coast.

Tickets for the program are $90 and include beer and wine. Reservations can be made by calling (302) 227-6991 at least seven days in advance. The event sells out quickly so interested participants are encouraged to call quickly. To learn about other programs and events held at Delaware Seashore State Park and the Indian River Life-Saving Station, visit or

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation to host 4th annual ‘Boo-Que’ on Oct. 19-20 to benefit Delaware Children in Nature initiative

REHOBOTH BEACH – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the 4th annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbeque cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

The Boo-Que is a three-part festival – a professional barbeque competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), a local BBQ pork competition hosted by La Vida Hospitality, and activities for the whole family on Friday and Saturday.

The event features a wide variety of family-friendly activities and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund, which affords opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor experiences.

KCBS is a competitive cooking organization and the world’s largest non-profit group of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts, with more than 20,000 members worldwide. Every year, KCBS sanctions more than 450 barbeque contests worldwide, with the mission of recognizing it as “America’s Cuisine,” and “to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport, and art form.”

From 6–9 p.m. on Friday, join the Kansas City Barbeque Competitors for a spooky evening, with trick-or-treating, kids’ costume contest, and an opportunity for visitors to sample and select the “people’s choice award” winners for chicken wings. Craft beers will also be available on tap for adults.

From 2-7 p.m. on Saturday, come out for “everything BBQ,” with a professional and amateur BBQ Competition to see who will be crowned the champion. Twenty amateur & professional BBQ’ers will be cooking up their best pulled pork recipes and serving them up. It will be an event for the entire family with kids’ activities, live music by Sweet Leda, and food from area vendors.

For event details or to enter either the professional or local BBQ competitions please visit .

For more information, contact Caroline Kane at 302-739-9185

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation to host ‘Big Truck Day’ at Delaware Seashore State Park Oct. 6

REHOBOTH BEACH – DNREC’s Delaware Seashore State Park will host its first-ever “Big Truck Day” from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Indian River Marina. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the park’s heavy equipment and special-use vehicles at this family-friendly event.

All types of vehicles will be featured, including a beach sweeper, front-end loader, minibus, DNREC dump truck, forklift, a Parks Natural Resources Police vehicle, and an ocean rescue truck. Marina staff will be on hand to greet visitors and answer questions, and children will be able to climb in the drivers’ seats.

If conditions allow, one of the vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Indian River will dock at the marina. Also, a demonstration will be held of marina equipment in action, hauling large boats through the boatyard.

In addition, a car seat check station will be available, where a certified car seat safety technician will perform car seat safety inspections, free of charge.

The event is free with paid park entry. For more information, contact the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’S Division of Parks & Recreation announces changes in lifeguard hours at state park ocean swimming beaches

DOVER – Hours and locations for lifeguarded ocean swimming beaches in DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s state parks will change beginning Aug. 20.

On Monday, Aug. 20, Delaware Seashore State Park’s Tower Road beach will be unguarded during the week, but will remain guarded on weekends including Labor Day.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27 through Friday, Aug. 31, Fenwick Island State Park’s Fenwick Lot will be unguarded during the week but will remain guarded on the weekends including Labor Day.

All other state park guarded swimming beaches, including the main beach at Cape Henlopen State Park, and the South Indian River Inlet side of Delaware Seashore State Park, will be guarded every day through Labor Day with limited staff. Smaller or limited swimming areas will be available through Labor Day.

Lifeguard hours will not change, and will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Reductions in hours are necessary due to season-long staffing shortages, and as a result of lifeguards leaving the area to return to high school, college, and school sports camps.

For more information, call the Division of Parks & Recreation’s Operations Section at 302-739-9200.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation to host second annual ‘Paddlefest’ on Aug. 25

DEWEY BEACH – DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation’s Delaware Seashore State Park will host “Paddlefest” for the second year in a row, beginning 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Delaware Seashore State Park.

“Paddlefest” was created to celebrate the park’s wildlife-rich salt marshes, as well as the park’s 50th anniversary last year. Due to its success, both participants and staff agreed that it would become an annual event due to popular demand. Last year, 200 paddlers participated.

The event is specifically geared toward the experienced kayaker. The course meanders through four miles of salt marsh creeks where heat, wind, and tide are all factors that can make it a challenge, even for the experienced paddler. Park staff will be stationed throughout the course to discuss wildlife and local history, as well as to provide water and snacks to participants.

At the end of the course, kayakers will be presented a certificate of completion, and photo opportunities will be available. A food truck will also be on hand with food for purchase. A state parks shuttle bus also will be circulating to take participants back to their cars since “Paddlefest” is a one-way course.

Advance reservations are required. Participants may bring their own kayaks, or they may rent from Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island. For more information or to register, call the Indian River Life-Saving Station at 302-227-6991.

Contact: Beth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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