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We all remember what it was like to view the world with a childlike innocence, strolling through the woods on a crisp autumn morning to the sounds of rustling in the bushes, birds chirping overhead or the excited giggles of our friends.

For Abbott's Mill Nature Center Site Manager Matthew Babbitt, it's how he spends many of his days at the more than 500 acre site he and the Delaware Nature Society oversee in southern Delaware.

If we teach children while they're young, the group maintains, they'll grow up with a healthy respect for the environment and all of the animals, plants and natural elements than encompass it.

"The biggest joy for me at my job is seeing children make that personal connection with nature," admits Babbitt, who's originally

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It's officially the holiday season at the Delaware beaches, and is there anything more special this time of year than traditions?

It's a long-standing tradition throughout the United States, for example, that the day after Thanksgiving kicks off the much anticipated Christmas season.

For the last 31 years in Rehoboth Beach, that means the lighting of the large Christmas tree at the end of Rehoboth Avenue, near the city's famous one-mile-long Boardwalk.

And this year's event is nearly here, so let's tell you a little bit about what you can expect.

 

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This yearly tradition has been organized by Rehoboth Beach Main Street since 1999 (though it actually began 13 years earlier) and is hosted in 2017 by Clear Space Theater.

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Attention all beach lovers - this week's featured home is for you!

If you've ever considered buying a property at the Delaware or Maryland beaches, and you want to be as close to the sand and the surf as you can possibly be, then our latest "Home of the Week" is one you're DEFINITELY going to want to check out.

They just don't get any closer to Mother Ocean than this one in Maryland's most popular summertime resort.

Before we tell you more, let's let our very own Sherry Thens take you on a short video tour of this Ocean City property.

 

Thank you Sherry. Now, let's tell you all about this incredible beachfront property in fabulous Ocean City, Maryland.

As is our custom, we start off with a few exterior shots, and then we'll delve

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The Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce another coastal open house event this weekend, this time in Milton's Pintail Pointe community.

Hosted by the Oldfather Group’s Pamela Foster, this four bedroom, four bathroom custom built home features a split floor plan, a chef's kitchen with granite countertops, an owner's suite with luxury bath, a loft living area and an expansive screened in porch

Located at 29146 Finch Lane in Milton, the home also offers gleaming hardwood flooring, a light-filled living area and much more, just minutes from Broadkill Beach.

This coastal home will be open on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., so be sure to stop by and have a look.

And if you're

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As the time-honored saying goes - "all good things must come to an end."

But, while it's true that this is our final "Weekender Blog" for 2017, we will definitely be back again on Saint Patrick's Day Weekend next year to kick off another great season at the Delaware beaches.

We do go out in style this week, however, with the grand opening of what promises to be an even bigger and better "Winter Wonderfest" in Lewes. There are many improvements and additions from last year's inaugural event, so read more below to learn what's in store for 2017.

We've had a fantastic 2017 and we want to thank each and every one of you for following our weekly events blog here on our website. It's achieved quite a following over the last couple of years, which

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We've got a pseudo Buy One Get One (BOGO for all you savvy shoppers out there) deal for you this week in our latest "Home of the Week" feature, brought to you every Monday by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

Located near the banks of the Delaware Bay and overlooking the scenic and serene Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, this week's featured home comes with a special bonus - a one-room cottage next door that can serve either as extra space when your friends and/or family visit, or as year-round rental income.

This is one of those properties that you have to see in person to truly appreciate, and any of our professional and knowledgeable agents would love to take you on your own private tour.

Speaking of

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The weekend of Nov. 11-12 will be a busy one around coastal Delaware, with the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty hosting a large selection of open house events throughout the region.

There are six events in total for the OG's latest "Open House Weekend" event, where we showcase some of the finest properties currently on the market throughout southern Delaware.

If you're searching for a home at or near the Delaware beaches, this is a perfect time to get outside and take a look at this wonderful sampling of homes, any of which could be yours.

We'd love to have you stop by and say hello, as our agents will be out and about this weekend in force.

Here's where we'll be on the weekend of Nov. 11-12...

We begin in

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Have you ever wondered how some of the world's most successful real estate agents actually do what they do? What is it that makes these individuals thrive in what can only be described as an ultra-competitive business, with many more players entering the fray every day?

Well, a good deal of their success depends on the support they receive from their home offices - generally, the better the support, the more successful the real estate agent.

But, as with many things in life, the long-term success or failure of those in the real estate business is really dependent on the individual person and at what level he or she is willing to commit to this new life and career.

On Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Rehoboth Avenue offices of the Oldfather Group of

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Greetings everyone, and welcome once again to our "Weekender Blog," as always brought to you by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, for two years running the top real estate firm in southern Delaware in terms of buyer represented sales.

We're going to be placing our weekly events-centered blog on hiatus for the off-season after next week, but we'll still be posting a few "special events" entries throughout the winter months, featuring things like the "Winter Wonderfest" in Lewes and both the Chocolate Festival and the Polar Bear Plunge in Rehoboth Beach.

And we also have some great things to tell you about for the next couple of weeks, before everyone begins settling in for the

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A classic beach home in the private coastal enclave of North Shores is our featured "Home of the Week" this first week of November here on theoldfathergroup.com and luxuryhomesdelaware.com.

If you've ever wanted to truly enjoy the "Delaware Beach Life" experience, this is the perfect location for you to do so. But you might not want to wait too long, as this one could be gone in a hurry!

We're going to tell you all about this home in the perfectly positioned community of North Shores in just a moment, but first we'd like to remind you that you can stay up to date on so many great things going on in coastal Delaware by following the Oldfather Group's blog page here on our website, or via social media on Facebook and/or Twitter.

We're always

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