From tippling an orange crush during Winter Gala in Dewey to admiring a very swank dinner jacket at Southern Lights of Life to the fabulous Red Ribbon Runway, your Gabby had more fun this month than one girl deserves.
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It may seem counterintuitive for Gabby to make her way to Dewey in the dead of winter, but two little words convinced her to hop on the highway, bikini-hostile weather be damned: Steve Montgomery. Monty, the charming owner of The Starboard, hosts the biggest party all summer, so Gabby knew he would not disappoint during the third annual Dewey Beach Winter Gala at The Bay Center.
The party raised more than $19,000 for the Dewey Beach police, lifeguards and beautification fund. Attendees sure didn’t need the beautification, especially not Caroline Longanecker, the blonde Gabby spotted across the room because of her dazzlingly colorful gown from Caché. The Washington, D.C., media specialist and her clique of 10, mostly Delaware natives, have been visiting Dewey Beach every summer for 25 years. “I don’t know why, but everyone seems so much happier and festive this year,” Caroline said. Husband Craig Longanecker told Gabby that, though no one in their group had any affiliation with the Dewey police or lifeguards, “Mostly everyone at this table has been rescued by a lifeguard or arrested by the police, so there’s that.”
The Bay Center shimmered as a silver-and-white winter wonderland, with gorgeous hanging snowflakes and tall, lighted arrangements of branches. Upstairs was the crown jewel, with Dewey’s finest establishments putting on the ritz. The Lighthouse had an oyster bar, Bethany Blues dished out delicious beef brisket sliders, and the Starboard served Bloody Mary shrimp. Gabby made a beeline for her favorite taste of summer—a Lighthouse orange crush—while almost getting crushed in the stampede of people who headed to the dance floor for the big-band sounds of Leroy Hawkes & The Hipnotics.
The Starboard ice luge was a favorite all night, but Gabby spotted one group that looked like it was having more fun than all ice lugers combined: the Southern Wine & Spirits of Delaware table. Gabby overheard Bill Galbraith, of the gorgeous Napa winery Bouchaine (owned by Delaware’s own divine twosome, Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, of course), talking about how great the party was. “They do such hard work all year, the police and lifeguards,” he said. “They really deserve this.”
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