Maybe you remember the TV show “Green Acres” (at least I hope so, or I feel way too old)? Of course, city-lover Eva Gabor marries country-lover Eddie Albert and has to give up her sophisticated lifestyle – comedy and adventure follow. As exciting and welcome a move to the beach is, sometimes there’s a bit of a Green Acres transition. It’s an extreme example, but if you have lived in the city all your life, it may feel that way from time to time.
Often the transitional issues are really about moving from work to leisure. As almost all retired people I know say, however, they are busier in retirement than in their “working” lives. Plus today, there are many variations on retirement.
Whether or not you are making the retirement transition, any move to the beach can be a transition from urban life. My clients who move from metropolitan areas welcome the slower pace (they don’t call us “Slower Lower Delaware” for nothing!). Walking the beach or your neighborhood in the morning, actually seeing a full, dark night sky at night, and getting away from beltway/highway traffic are no-brainers. The first months after a move are the honeymoon.
But what if you are used to having theater, fine dining, museums and culture a subway ride away? Don’t despair. From Milton and Lewes to Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany, our restaurants can compete with any city’s menu. Culture offerings are expanding, too. The Rehoboth Jazz Festival always attracts renowned musicians, and we have many home-grown favorites. The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival screens a great selection of international films. Organizations like Coastal Concerts and Clear Space Productions bring fantastic events to our region.
A Note about Coastal Concerts
I am proud to say the Prudential Gallo - Touch of Italy Foundation, a group formed in 2010 to bring world-class performers to Sussex County and support local organizations in need, has supported Coastal Concerts for the enrichment music brings to our community. The group’s mission is to promote classical music appreciation in central Delmarva through live concerts, outreach, and educational activities.
Take advantage of and enjoy the group’s mission – and its 15th Season - worthy of “Park Avenue” and our beautiful, beach “countryside.”
- November 16, 2013 - 2 p.m. – Brasil Guitar Duo
- February 8, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Danish String Quartet
- March 1, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Elena Urioste, Violinist
- March 22, 2014 – 7 p.m. – C hing-Yun Hu, Pianist
Ages 10-18 Free; For ticketing and more information, visit www.coastalconcerts.org or call (888) 212-6458.
Concerts are held at Bethel UMC Hall, Fourth & Market Streets in downtown Lewes.