Here's What to Expect at the 24th Annual Boast the Coast Event in Lewes

The Oct. 5 event will showcase Lewes’ nautical heritage.

First State, owned by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, will have free boat tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5./Photo courtesy of Lewes Chamber of Commerce

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The 24th annual Boast the Coast event returns on Saturday, Oct 5. The event was conceived in 1996 to showcase Lewes’ nautical heritage and will feature activities that complemented the already long-established University of Delaware’s annual “Coast Day” event, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Here are just a few of the highlights of Boast the Coast:

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Cape Water Tours

The Lewes Historical Society is partnering again this year with the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Cape Water Tours for a special one-day tour. The Cape Water Tours vessel, Discovery, will have two, one hour-long cruises at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This year, the tours will depart from the Cape Water Tour’s dock at 213 Anglers Road in Lewes. The Lewes Historical Society guide aboard the Discovery will narrate the cruise South along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal along seldom explored routes to be regaled by historic tales and lore. Advanced reservations for each of the two tours can be made by going to the Cape Water Tour’s website here. Tickets are $10 per person. Seating is limited so advance reservations are strongly suggested. For reservation assistance call Cape Water Tours at 644-7334. Tours leave from the Cape Water Tours’ dock.

The annual Lewes Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale

This event has long been associated with Boast the Coast. It is a three-day event beginning on Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lewes Historical Society’s Craft Show will be open from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on its campus located at 110 Shipcarpenter St. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. The Lewes History Museum will be open 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and the Cannonball House, located at 118 Front St., will be open from noon–4 p.m. Both will be showcasing exhibits at no charge with donations accepted. The Lightship Overfalls, located a little further down Front Street in Canalfront Park, will also be open for free tours on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m.2 p.m.

Fun for the kids

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Children’s activities include free nautically themed face painting and balloon art by Chuckles the Clown, free deck tours of the R/V “FIRST STATE”—the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 65’ research vessel—from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., the Zwaanendael Museum’s Maritime Program and the Lewes Library Carnival with old-fashioned games, prizes, first responder trucks and performances from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at 111 Adams Ave.

Fresh food and culture

Food options include a seafood tasting in the park with food priced individually and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market in the Shields Elementary School Parking lot from 9 a.m.noon. Guests can also visit the Cape Artists’ Open House at its Third Street Gallery from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and the Peninsula Gallery’s Opening Reception for “The Figure,” featuring Haley Manchon, Syd McGinley & Beth Trepper, from 5-7 p.m. at 520 E. Savannah Road.

More information:
Lewes Chamber of Commerce’s Boast the Coast event • 645-8073

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