Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Fest/EMS Day on May 21

The Town of Bethany Beach is teaming up with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to offer a special day of awareness on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Greek mythology, Poseidon was the sea god who protected sailors but also created chaos if angered. Poseidon Fest/EMS Day is designed as a way for the community to celebrate the sea while learning about ways to prepare for potential coastal emergencies.

EMS Day is the fire company’s annual open house at the fire house (at Route 1 and Hollywood Street) that offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how emergency responders protect and serve the public. The Town is supporting the event by providing island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) and handing out emergency preparedness booklets.

The free, community-wide event will feature vendors and family-friendly exhibits, including area EMS units and hospitals, DEMA, Red Cross; antique and contemporary fire trucks and emergency vehicles; helicopter landings on the Christian Church grounds; bike safety demonstrations; coloring and sand art activities; and T-shirt giveaways. Bethany Blues will also be on-site with food for sale.

There will be an interactive drum circle by Nancy the Drum Lady at 10:30 on the bandstand and the Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Band will perform at noon. The Nature Center will host a mermaid scavenger hunt. Anyone dressed in a sea-related costume will get a prize.

At the bandstand at dusk, the Town will offer a special preview of the movie “Flipper.”

For more information, call Bethany Beach Events Director Julie Malewski at (302) 539-8011, ext. 123, or EMS Chief Phil Brackin of the Bethany Beach Fire Company at (302) 539-7700, ext. 241.