Lewes Events: Lewes Barkfest & Yappy Hour

The Valentine’s weekend in Lewes has gone to the dogs but in the best possible way. Nine years ago the businesses in the historic district began promoting visitation to Lewes on the weekend closest to Valentine’s Day.  It has become more “dog-centric” in the past few years. The Pet Pageant will not be staged this year because Mother Nature prevailed three out of the past five years forcing its cancellation. The popular Yappy Hour on Friday evening, February 13 at Irish Eyes is not affected by adverse weather conditions because it takes place on the heated porch and dogs are allowed. The Yappy Hour is for Pets and People who like to “Yap.” It takes place from 5-7 p.m. and pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets. The Yappy Hour includes the opportunity for pets and their owners to feast on delicious food and refreshing libations such as Bark-tini, Cat-atonic, Mutt-ini. There will be a 50-50 raffle with the proceeds benefiting the Delaware SPCA in Georgetown. The event was conceived by P.U.P.S of Lewes owner Lesley Bowers who donates pet-centric gift baskets for another raffle drawing that also benefits the SPCA. Canine Cabin donates dog treats to the canines on the porch and Irish Eyes donates 10% of their total food sales for the entire day to the SPCA. During the event, the SPCA will be hosting a “Fill the Van” for people to donate blankets, sheets, pet food, kitty litter, toys, dog bones and bleach for cleaning their kennels. Attendees to Yappy Hour can come with or without their pets and dogs should be on a leash with one dog and one handler.

During the weekend, numerous retail businesses and restaurants will be offering Valentine holiday-themed specials including discounts on specific items. A few of the specials are:

  • The Inn at Canal Square’s Vintage Valentine Escape including 2 nights lodging for two, bottle of champagne, $75 dinner certificate, chocolates and complimentary European-Style Breakfast
  • Puzzles & Lewes Gourmet will be holding an indoor sidewalk sale. Lewes Gourmet will have a “Warm up the Weekend” special-20% discount on all soups and soup & chili mixes. Puzzles will have a contest “How many puzzles pieces in the jar?” with a $20 gift certificate as the prize.
  • Lewes Historical Society is hosting two events at their complex located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street. The Antiques & Collectables Sale in the Rabbit’s Ferry House will feature small furniture, collectables, dishware, jewelry & more. In addition, free historic chocolate making-demonstrations will be taking place in the Midway School #178 given by a team of Mars Chocolate History ambassadors. It will be held February 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and February 15 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • The Cape Artists’ Gallery is normally closed in February but will be open all weekend for holiday shoppers Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shoppers will be treated to chocolates and wine.
  • Flowers by Mayumi is filled with the world’s finest roses, premium grade local tulips, a wide selection of spring flowers, tropical flowers, heart topiary, blooming flowers and more to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
  • biblion used books and rare finds has a great selection of Valentine’s Day cards from small American companies.
  • Deanna’s & Piccolino is offering a gift with every purchase
  • Ginger Moon - Fine Yarn & Antiques is offering 15% off all yarns

For more information about the event, contact the Lewes Chamber of Commerce at 302-645-8073.

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