Spring Dewey Greyhound Gathering
April 7-9, 2017 - Dewey Beach, DE
Spring Dewey Greyhound Gathering
Join us April 7-9th 2017 for the 13th annual Spring Dewey Greyhound Gathering! This Greyt Little Greyhound Event in Dewey Beach is a laidback and friendly and almost free! The beach can be fickle in the spring - sometimes chilly and sometimes warm- but the ocean breeze is awesome and even in bad weather the beach is still better than good weather at home. So join a bunch of beautiful greyhounds and their people for a relaxed weekend of un-crowded beaches and low-key activities. Spring Dewey is headquartered at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel.
We are making some changes to Spring Dewey for 2017. Much of what you have enjoyed about Spring Dewey in the past will not change. But to enable us to share more proceeds with the adoption group picked from your nominations, we need to eliminate some of our expenses. We will not issue nametags because no one wore them anyway! We will eliminate the Registration Room because it added over $250 to our annual expenses. We have found two indoor locations where we can stay warm and dry for our Saturday events because the weather is soooo unpredictable! We have scheduled a Group Luncheon at Grotto's Pizza, Dewey Beach, where attendees can order and pay for their own lunch, we will hold the Greyhound Contests and, new for 2017, we will hold a Chinese Auction (purchase tickets and put them into the container for the prize you want to win). We have scheduled a Group Dinner Gathering at Surfside Grill for Saturday evening where attendees can order and pay for their own dinner, we will hold the Silent Auction, and we will draw for the winning Greyhound Group. Both the Chinese and Silent Auctions will benefit Dr. Couto's Greyhound Health Initiative Program and cancer research. We have scheduled a Yogurt & Biscuit Social for the greys earlier on Friday evening if the weather allows. We have moved the Circle of Grey beach gathering to later Saturday morning for those who just don't get up at sunrise! We are eliminating the Sunday lunch. Too many people do not stay and it defeats the purpose of having a get-together for so few attendees. We will organize Beach Walks for Saturday and Sunday mornings for those who like to stroll the beach together with greys. Many of the attendees meet at The Starboard for breakfast each morning so we will advertise that as one of our group functions for those who want to join the fun (unfortunately, they do not allow greys). And Sharky's is open under new ownership and we have scheduled Coffee with the Canines for Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at Sharky's.
There are several reasons for these changes. Spring Dewey started out as a casual weekend for greyhound friends and their pups who didn't want to wait a year between fall Dewey gatherings; April was six months in between. When Liz Dunbar decided to "organize" Spring Dewey and add some group events, she took on that responsibility and it worked well for her because she wasn't very mobile due to her health and she spent most of her time in her room anyway. When her health was deteriorating and she asked Donna Wolfe to help with registration, Liz was still available for a few years to handle the registration from her room. But since Liz has passed, it is difficult to staff the registration room all the time so people can pick up nametags and other information. Plus we have the expense of a room no one sleeps in, and quite honestly, Donna and helpers would like to enjoy the weekend too instead of being tied up with details.
Those who have taken part in any (or in many cases all) of the 12 previous Spring Dewey events know how laid back the weekend is without being boring or empty. We hope to keep it just as much fun as before but with a little less work and stress for the organizers! And as always, lots of nose and butt time for the greyhounds! What makes it such a greyt little event is the greyhounds and their people, doing what greyhounds and greyhound people do themselves. So join us and join the fun!
Would you like to suggest a new activity for Spring Dewey weekend? Send a message to the organizers letting us know what you have in mind and that you'd like to take charge and make it happen. With the support and encouragement of other attendees, it's not hard to run one activity! We all want to have a greyt weekend.
If you have the required Dewey Beach licenses for your dogs greyt! It's a lifetime license. If you don't have a Dewey Beach dog license, you need to stop by the Dewey Beach Town Hall and get them. And of course then you'll have the license for the Fall weekend, too.
Vendors - we love you, too. Spring Dewey is your chance to have a weekend enjoying your greyhounds and maybe even make a little money.
Note: Spring Dewey Greyhound Gathering is a totally independent event
with absolutely NO ties to any other greyhound events or organizers.