Chocolate Tasting celebrating 13th year, Sept. 7

It has been said that there’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate. 

Saturday, Sept. 7, is the date of the 13th Annual Chocolate Tasting, sponsored by the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park, and held at the Officer’s Club in the Park from 1 to 4 p.m. Park entry fees are in effect. 

The Chocolate Tasting features chocolate candy and baked goods prepared by local volunteers. A cost of $6 gets you admission to the event and tickets good for six tastes. Additional tastes go for 50 cents apiece.    

There will also be a selection of fabulous chocolate baked goods to take home from the bake sale table for the perfect gift or family treat. Participants should not bring their own containers. 

Co-Chairs Barbara Schmidt and Ashley Schmidt tell us that this year, to make things more exciting, there will be two raffles. First, there will be a raffle of various items. Second, there will be a raffle for an outside praying mantis created by one of our very own members Clyde Seibert. Drawings will be held through the afternoon. Raffle tickets will sell for $1 apiece or six for $5. 

A family visit to the Park offers a wide array of activities to help work off that chocolate high.  There are trails to suit every walker. Or, you can borrow a bicycle at the Bike Barn and ride around the park. Children can enjoy hours of fun on the equipment in the new playground, and the whole family can play disc golf on the course across the street from the playground — not to mention the beach. 

Funds from this year’s Chocolate Tasting will go to replenish the Richard and Mirth Thatcher Education Fund. In this era of tight school budgets, teachers are finding it harder to finance their quality field trips to Cape Henlopen State Park where hands-on experiences with nature and history can be provided. To counter this trend, the Friends of The Education Fund provides support with the cost of transportation to bring Sussex county school groups to the educational programs conducted through the Park’s Nature Center.  

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State park is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers who donate their time to promote “one of the crown jewels” of Delaware’s state parks. They are strongly committed to public education about the Park and believe that education leads to appreciation, conservation, and preservation.  

In addition to their educational activities, Friends volunteers participate in a monthly Trails Day and a variety of other direct activities within the Park. Finally, Friends raise money for specific Park projects such as the Bike Barn, restoration of the Hawk Watch, and their most recently-completed project, the playground.  

For more information about the Friends current and past projects and for information about joining or volunteering,  visit their website at, e-mail them at, or call them at (302) 858-6127.