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UD by the Sea

UD by the Sea—A four-day OLLI event at Rehoboth Beach

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UD by the Sea—A four-day OLLI event at Rehoboth Beach

Kick off your summer with a fun learning event at UD by the Sea!
Save the dates for 2024 — May 21-24, 2024

May 21-24, 2024 (Tuesday through Friday)
Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center
1 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Designed by and for OLLI members, UD by the Sea provides OLLI members and guests with programming, activities and social time in Rehoboth Beach. Registration is open to the public, as well as all past and current OLLI members and guests!

Details for the 2024 event coming soon!

The 2023 event featured:

  • Attendance at two days of topical programs with guest speakers
  • A choice of five educational programming tracks
  • Opening reception with entertainment and cash bar
  • Happy hour and “open mic night” on Wednesday evening
  • Buffet breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday mornings; continental breakfast on Friday morning
  • Games and social activities
  • Fun, new memories and friends!

2023 — Attendees selected and participated in one of the following event tracks:

2023 Track 1 — Delaware’s Culinary Arts — [this track is sold out] — Discover, learn and enjoy some of the best in local culinary expertise. Join us for presentations, demonstrations and discussion with a respected James Beard nominee, a sommelier, musician and winemaker, and restauranteurs who will share their passion for food, wine and hospitality. Samples and a wine tasting are included. (An additional fee of $30 will apply for this program track. This track meets entirely at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center.)
          Confirmed presenters include chef Hari Cameron, three-time semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Awards. He was nominated in 2013 as one of the country’s best young rising chefs.

2023 Track 2 — Arts in Delaware — Explore Delaware’s thriving art and culture scene with leaders from local nonprofits and government agencies, including the director of the Biggs Museum of American Art. From theater to creative arts and progressive initiatives to strengthen the sector, we will discuss the status and future of arts across Delaware and learn why Delaware is becoming a go-to destination for the arts. This track will feature a tour of the Rehoboth Art League and Clear Space Theatre Company. (Field trip transportation is provided for one off-site day. Entrance fees included. Both days require participants to walk indoors at galleries and museums.)
        Confirmed presenters include Sara Ganter, executive director of the Rehoboth Art League. Along with a guided tour, she will provide an overview of the League and its history.

2023 Track 3 — U.S. Foreign Affairs — Intrigue and intricacy abound in the realm of U.S. foreign policy and relations. We will explore international affairs issues currently facing the U.S. via sessions led by experts with extensive and insightful experience with the U.S. government, academia and other relevant organizations. (This track meets entirely at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center.)
          Confirmed presenters include Ralph Begleiter, former CNN world affairs correspondent and founding director, UD Center for Political Communication.

2023 Track 4 — History: Two Cities and the Sea — [this track is sold out] — Explore Historic Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Our tour of this First Town in the First State will feature visits to historic homes, forts, and amazing views from the East End Lighthouse and the Fire Tower. (Field trip transportation is provided for two off-site days. This track will include walking and stairs.)

2023 Track 5 — Dela-Where? — What makes Delaware unique? Engaging speakers will present on a variety of subjects relating to Delaware’s culture, history, environment, government and other topics related to the state. (This track meets entirely at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center.)
          Confirmed presenters include Dan Strumpf, public defender for Sussex County, presenting, “Delaware Office of Defense Services: A Day in the Life of a Public Defender.”

UD by the Sea 2019

Health and Safety Guidelines

Vaccination requirement — The OLLI program is committed to hosting in-person programs in a safe, healthy environment. All attendees (OLLI members and guests) are required to show evidence of a complete COVID-19 vaccine series plus one booster in order to attend.

How to register

Registration closed Friday, May 5, 2023

Registration is open to the public, as well as all OLLI members and guests

  • UD by the Sea registration fee — $175 per person (individual OLLI members); $200 (per guest registration: maximum one guest registration per OLLI member). The OLLI member price applies to active members, i.e., those who registered for UD OLLI in either fall 2022 or spring 2023 sessions including OLLI online, or in Kent County, Sussex County or Wilmington.
  • Prior OLLI participation is not necessary in order to register for UD by the Sea.
  • REGISTER NOW — Select your desired program track when you register.
    • Payment is required upon registration.

Refund and cancellation policy — For registrants wishing to cancel their UD by the Sea registration, a full refund is available for written requests received through March 31, 2023. After this date, the refund amount will be 50% of the total amount paid for UD by the Sea registration. In case of cancellation requests due to illness, an exception to the policy can be made. Neither the University of Delaware or the OLLI program is responsible for any costs incurred as a result of program cancellation or schedule changes. All refund requests must be made in writing, by sending an email to Gretchen Sailer at gsailer@udel.edu.


Participants are responsible for accommodations, with the option to make reservations directly with the Atlantic Sands Hotel, or other hotel arrangements if desired.

  • Reservations at Atlantic Sands—Hotel room reservations can be made by calling 800-422-0600 no later than April 22, 2023.
  • UD by the Sea group rate—Participants should mention the UD by the Sea room block (booking #10665) to receive the group rate of $129 a night per room.

If you have questions about UD by the Sea, please contact Gretchen Sailer at gsailer@udel.edu or 302-573-4417.

Thank you to our sponsors!

UD by the Sea and UD’s OLLI program wish to thank the following organizations for their partial sponsorship of this event.

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