Bethany Beach is known for filling its bandstand with entertainment all through the summer, but this year a new form of entertainment is occupying the bandstand as well: Movies.
For the last seven years, the Town of Bethany Beach has hosted movies on the beach once a week for viewers of all ages, but this year, due to beach replenishment, the big screen is being moved to the bandstand.
Starting at dusk on Monday nights will be movies both old and new, from classics such as “The Lion King” to the relatively new movie “The Greatest Showman.”
Bethany Beach Event Coordinator Julie Malewski said that one of the reasons that people have been coming for the last seven years is “because we give them the movies that they want: current features that appeal to families and young audiences, as well as a few throwbacks that everyone loves during the summer.”
To determine those favorite films, the Town gives out audience participation surveys each year to help find the films for the summer to come.
On movie nights this summer, benches will be set up all around the bandstand on a first-come, first-served basis, and bringing a chair is always an option. The movies will continue through August on Monday nights, and starting in September will continue on Fridays for just that month.
Malewski said the change allows kids to be able to keep enjoying the once-a-week movies and not have to worry about it interrupting a school night.
Along with movies on the beach, Bethany’s Summer Concert Series continues on strong. Many favorites are returning again this year, such as Still Surfin’, a tribute to the Beach Boys, Jesse Garron with a tribute to Elvis and many more. The concerts are held on the same bandstand, located on Garfield Parkway, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
The musical entertainment is free of charge, and benches are also provided, though personal chairs are still more than welcome.
Bethany also offers many different forms of exercise classes during the summer, either right on the bandstand or actually on the beach itself.
Most popularly, yoga is offered daily (except Thursdays) on the bandstand from 6 to 7 a.m. for $10 per class. It is also offered from 7 to 8 a.m., for the same price, every day on the beach on Central Boulevard, just in case vacationers want that extra hour of sleep. A third class is offered free of charge on Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. on the beach off Garfield Parkway. Instead of a charge, the class collects donations for local non-profits or families in need.
Along with yoga, Coastal Athlete instructor Trevor Hurd offers Bootcamp on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m. for $10 per class. Beach Pilates & Wellness Studio hosts Pilates classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. on the beach on Garfield Parkway, for $15 per person.
Certified personal trainer and owner of Bowman Systems Academy MMA Noel Bowman teaches an aerobic kickboxing class 9 a.m. on Sundays on the beach off Garfield Parkway, for $10 per adult or $5 for children younger than 10.
Back due to popular demand after its debut last year, Trevor Hurd of Coastal Athlete will also be instructing Ninja Warrior Junior Fitness Class on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the beach off Garfield Parkway. The class is for kids ages 7-13, for $10 per person, starting June 16.
While most of the Town’s summer entertainment will continue unabated, if slightly relocated, this summer Bonfires on the Beach are being canceled until further notice, due to the beach replenishment.
Any cancelations due to weather will be posted on the Town website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, and the public can also keep a lookout there for when the bonfires start back up.
By Megan Kotelchuck