The sun is supposed to be shining over the Eastern Shore this weekend. With great events happening all over the coast, get out there and enjoy the weather and all the area has to offer. Socially speaking, get moving and check out the largest and oldest film festival in Delaware, kick off the winter season by taking the tram through Winterfest of Lights, look at original artwork in Berlin and Rehoboth, let your children interact with live sea creatures, and drop off your recycling while you’re at it. Phew.  Happy Friday, folks!

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
Rehoboth will host the 14th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival until Sunday, November 13th. The event, which kicked off of on November 9th, brings film, entertainment and culture to the Eastern Shore each year. The five-day fest showcases approximately 100 of the best domestic and international films. Film categories include features, documentaries, and short productions.

All films will be screened at the multi-screened theater, Movies at Midway Complex (202 Route One, Lewes, DE). General admission tickets to any movie are $9 or $8 for seniors, youth, or students. The big white tent behind the Midway Complex will be home to French Baroque dancing as well as free wine sampling or beer tasting on Saturday night.

Winterfest of Lights
Winterfest of Lights will officially be open for the Christmas season starting Thursday, November 17th.  Hop aboard the Winterfest Express train and cruise through Northside Park (127th Street, Bayside) to check out the colorful animated holiday displays made of little, glistening lights. Join the Winterfest helpers while they sing and enjoy Christmas carols and drink hot cocoa. A refreshment stand offers steamy hot chocolate–perfect for warming up after the chilly November train ride. Santa will be stationed in his workshop so children can drop off their Christmas lists early and parents can prepare for photos will the jolly old soul. The Winterfest of Lights tour costs $5 per person and children under the age of 11 are free. Winterfest will continue through the season until January 1st.
2nd Friday Art Stroll in Berlin
2nd Friday Art Stroll brings music and art to the galleries, shops, and restaurants in Berlin, MD. On Friday, November 11th, shops throughout Berlin will stay open late, feature local artists, host art receptions, and provide live entertainment. The event runs from 5 – 8 pm.
Musician Frankie Moran will be playing in his hometown on Friday at the Berlin Coffee House (17 Jefferson Street) while Georgia McElroy displays her artwork. Artist Marko Spaghetti will be showing his work, both finished and unfinished, and will be working on some pieces in person at the new Bayside Gazette office (11 S. Main Street). The Atlantic Hotel, Baked Dessert Café & Gallery, The Globe Theatre, Waters Edge Gallery, and other establishments will have featured artists and musicians as well.  Stop by the coffee house and grab a mint hot chocolate, ginger bread latte, or a cup of hot caramel cider to stay warm while strolling through the historic town.
Touch the Sea at Delmarva Discovery Center
Take the kids to the Delmarva Discovery Center on Saturday, November 12th, to ‘Touch the Sea’. A live animal exhibit will be available for children at the center overlooking the Pocomoke River in Pocomoke City (2 Market Street). Fish feedings, kid’s crafts, shows, and face painters will be sure the keep children entertained. Children will be able to get up close and personal with a baby shark, a puffer fish, a starfish, and more. Dr. Pete Whaley will be on site showcasing different marine life fossils. Story time will take place with the author and illustrator of Bob, the Big Bad Bluefish.  All activities are free with paid admission to the Delmarva Discovery Center. Regular admission prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children ages 4 through 17.
2nd Saturday Art Walk in Rehoboth

Ten fine art galleries in downtown Rehoboth Beach, known as The Rehoboth Beach Gallery Collective, will be holding receptions on Saturday, November 12th, from 6 – 9 pm. The art receptions are in coordination with the monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk. This event is free and open to the public. Each gallery will be showcasing their latest exhibitions. Start your walk at the Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue) which will be featuring small production and limited edition work by local artists and artisans from around the country. Displayed jewelry, that will also be for sale, is made from a wide variety of materials including paper, plastic, feathers, gold, silver, stones, and cement. The items will be on display at Heidi Lowe Gallery through January.

National Recycling Day
Communities across the country will be united by eco-friendly efforts on Tuesday, November 15th, to celebrate America Recycles Day. This day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to recycling promotion in the U.S. Take your newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastic bottles, glass, and metal cans to one of the many recycling drop-off centers located on the Delmarva Peninsula. You’ll find big green or brown recycling centers at many local shopping centers. There are recycling bins available for public use on Williams Street in Berlin, at the Wal-Mart in West Ocean City, at the fire department in south Ocean Pines, and on 94th Street in Ocean City. Remember that curbside recycling is free to all Salisbury, MD residents.