Cape Gazette

Strawberries, waves, fast boats, other remarkable things

By Dennis Forney | May 31, 2011
Photo by: Dennis Forney There was a time when Sussex County was one of the top strawberry-producing counties in the nation.  With crops like these, we may well be back on the way to that fame.

I'm blown away by the strawberries that this season and Delaware farmers are growing.  In the Magee Farms field at Wescoat's Corner, outside Lewes, I picked 14.5 pounds of berries in about 20 minutes over the weekend.  The strawberries were hanging off the plants like clusters of grapes. They're beautiful, they're delicious.  Over the weekend we ate cereal with strawberries, strawberry shortcake and strawberry pie, and we drank strawberry cider, strawberry daiquiries and strawberry martinis.  Between strawberries and chicken, it was an all-Sussex weekend.

Out at Herring Point by the Navy jetty, in Cape Henlopen State Park on Memorial Day afternoon, it was a locals' surf festival.  People of all ages were surfing, boogie boarding, board paddling, body surfing and skim boarding .  Lots of smiles and laughter.  Such a great scene seeing so many people outside and enjoying life.  The park trails and the Junction and breakwater Trail between Lewes and Rehoboth were also alive with bicyclists, joggers and walkers.

We live in a great place to be outdoors.

The gallery here has a few more photographs of things I consider remarkable from the last several days.

Rock and roll, support Delaware farmers, have fun and be safe.

Dirk Moore says his webbed  gloves make a huge difference when it comes to catching waves. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
Andrew Scrutchfield works the face of a wave on his skimboard during a Memorial Day session at the Navy jetty. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
Delaware's Division of Fish and Wildlife has two of these fast enforcement vessels.  Division Capt. Aaron Hurd says the boats, equipped with twin 250 HP engines, will cruise at 50-plus mph which means they'll probably go a lot faster than that.  The enforcement crews were out in numbers over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
Kenny Hopkins, a member of Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club, lights the inaugural fire in the new barbecue pit in the Rotary Pavilion on Savannah Road on Lewes Beach. The new pit was built by the club to be available to a variety of non-profit organizations in the community to raise funds for their various causes. (Photo by: Dennis Forney)
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