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Rehoboth’s Blue Moon takes over Cobalt for one night

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For those that have yet to experience the Blue Moon, it is located less than two blocks from the ocean in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and is home to one of the most popular gay bars and best restaurants in the area.

It’s currently off season, so the owners of the Blue Moon have decided to pack up and bring a bit of Rehoboth to D.C.

Cobalt, located at 1639 R St., N.W., will be taken over Sunday, Jan. 31, for a night of dancing, singing and Blue Moon bartenders. The Blue Moon has been a favorite of many D.C. vacationers for nearly 30 years, so bringing the beach to D.C. during the cold of January seemed a no-brainer.

As a longtime patron of Blue Moon, Cobalt’s Mark Rutstein knew a takeover event was a must and the idea for the cooperative venture was born. The Blue Moon’s Tim Ragan was enthusiastic about the event and admits the meeting of the minds took about “five seconds” because it was such an appropriate fit. The Sunday Tea Dance has been popular with the D.C. clientele at Blue Moon, with each dance consisting of a different theme, from dog tags to disco.

The theme for the takeover at Cobalt is going to be beach in nature and the hostess for the evening will be the fabulous Mona Lotts. Another treat will be the much-loved recording artist Pamela Stanley, who is a staple of Blue Moon’s Sunday Tea Dance. Stanley first gained attention with the title track from her debut album, “This Is Hot,” which shot up to #13 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Attendees of the 2006 White Party will undoubtedly recall Stanley’s performance as it has been touted as one of her most popular.

Along with Cobalt’s always hot and friendly staff, some of Blue Moon’s own hunky bartenders will be working. Stanley will perform two one-hour sets that will include some of her high-energy hits plus some of her newer songs. There are also surprises in store.

The festivities will begin at 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, and last until closing. Expect a $5 cover charge at the door and a dance floor packed with fans of both Cobalt and Blue Moon. For more information on Blue Moon visit bluemoonrehoboth.com.

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Disco Funk Brunch at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform

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Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Drag queen Tara Hoot and DJ Phil Reese perform at the biweekly Disco Funk Brunch at the LGBT-owned Crazy Aunt Helen’s on Sunday. For future showtimes, go to crazyaunthelens.com. (Blade photo by Michael Key)

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Blade’s summer closing party set for Sept. 17 in Rehoboth

Benefits journalism scholarship

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(Washington Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

The Washington Blade’s 15-year tradition of hosting a summer kickoff party in Rehoboth Beach was disrupted due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of that May event, the Blade is hosting a summer closing party on Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at The Pines (56 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.). 

Tickets are $20, which includes two drinks and appetizers. The event benefits the Blade Foundation’s Steve Elkins Memorial Journalism Fellowship, a 12-week program in which an LGBTQ student journalist covers stories of interest to Delaware’s queer community each summer. 

All COVID safety protocols will be followed, including a requirement that attendees furnish proof of vaccination to gain entry. 

If you are unable to attend you can make a donation to the Blade Foundation at BladeFoundation.org. Sponsors of the event include Delmarva Power and The Pines.

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Rehoboth to close out summer with SunFest

Series of events to replace long-running Sundance due to pandemic

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This year’s Sundance in Rehoboth is renamed SunFest and will look different from this scene in 2019 due to the pandemic. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

SunFest will feature a week of live performances, dances, and a live auction, sponsored by non-profit LGBTQ+ center CAMP Rehoboth.

The weeklong festival runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 5 and is a change from the annual SunDance that CAMP Rehoboth has sponsored since 1988. This transformation began last year when the event was forced to go digital due to the coronavirus and the in-person events scheduled this year are important, according to development director and co-coordinator of SunFest Anita Broccolino.

“We love that community feel and the in-person makes all the difference in the world for us. Not being able to do it last year just reminded everyone how important we all are to one another,” Broccolino said. “I think that bringing back these events this year is just huge for us and it will be extra celebratory as a result.”

The festival begins with a 5k race and online auction opening on Sunday. Monday night features a give-back event at Iron Hill Brewery while Tuesday’s agenda is still to be determined, said Broccolino. Diego’s will host a Studio 54 give-back dance party on Wednesday and Thursday is the Port 251 women’s give-back. 

Live performances featuring the Skivvies, Randy Harrison and Diane Huey are scheduled for Friday night and Jennifer Holiday will follow with a performance on Saturday night, both at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The festival closes out Sunday with auction pick-ups and Fun in the Sand and Sun, according to the CAMP Rehoboth website.

This event is also important to the organization’s contributions to the community, said Broccolino.

“The essential services we provide for free to the community, which is a huge amount of health and wellness activities, as well as arts programming, a lot of youth programming and the community counts on us for those things. We never stopped during COVID, we made as much as we could virtual, but we took quite a hit not being able to raise those funds and awareness of the programs,” Broccolino said. “We invite the entire community to come celebrate with us and make it to Rehoboth Beach, and let’s make it joyful, and wonderful and make sure we’re living up to the standards of all the people who helped found CAMP Rehoboth and live up to their legacy and beyond.”

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