Letter — Cottage tour a hit, thanks to many


Editor:

Neither rain, heat, humidity, mud nor trash trucks stopped our loyal tour attendees from enjoying the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour! As chair of the tour, it is my pleasure to offer my most sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone responsible for helping to make this year’s tour an outstanding success. This annual tour is held in support of the South Coastal Library & Cultural Center in Bethany Beach.

Our celebration began with a wonderful cocktail party at Camp Bobb in Breakwater Beach. Sponsored by Leslie Kopp of the Leslie Kopp Group, the cocktail party recognizes and thanks our homeowners, sponsors, donors and tour committee. Thank you to Dogfish Head and Bethany Beach Beverage Company for their support.

We are indebted to the 10 homeowners who loaned us their homes for the two days of the tour. We thank Roasanne and John Strittmatter (House 1), Julia and Travis Ashworth (House 2), Susan and John O’Brien (House 3), Toni Ianniello and George Chuzi (House 4), Carter and Matt Kirks (House 5), JoAnn McInnis and Eric Seleznow (House 6), Kathy Jankowski and Rob Youngs (House 7), Kim and Paul Fischer (House 8), Sharon and Paul Dillon (House 9) and Bird and J.P. Bishop (House 10). We thank you for your generosity in sharing your home with our tour attendees!

Special thanks to co-chair Carol Brigleb and the exceptional tour committee: Ann Boteler, Carrie Boyden, Barbara Carlson, Thea Chandross, Sheila Collicchio, Faith Denault, Sharon Dillon, Jen Edmonston, Dick Fox, David Green, Meaghan Green, Nancy Horne, Judy Johnstone, Carol Kopay, Charlie Kopay, Norbert Kraich, Linda Kulin, Linda Manning, Lois McNamara, Lori Meighan, Janet Parham, Donna Philpitt, Maureen Rayborn, Phyllis Regotti, Cindy Thalman, Marylou Tietz, Barbara Turner and Colleen Wilson. These men and women have worked hundreds of hours throughout the year in the coordination, preparation and execution of the tour.

A very big thank-you to Sue Keefe and her wonderful staff at the South Coastal Library.

The Adopt-a-House program was a great success again this year, and thanks go to the following local organizations for their support in providing coordinators and hostesses in the tour homes: Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Bay Forest Ladies, Bishop Landings Ladies’ Luncheon Group, Gardeners By the Sea, the Ladies & Friends of Waters Run, Lake Bethany Babes, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Southampton Homeowners, Tower Road Beach Family, Windhurst Manor Homeowners, Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach, Women’s Council of Realtors and The Village of Bear Trap Dunes.

In addition, we have many other hostesses who volunteered as coordinators outside of these organizations — Joan Corrao, Sue DiTommaso, Eileen Giaquinto, Margaret Oliver, Dolores Pack, Sandy Powell, Diane Smith and Tam Thomas — to you we send many thanks.

Also, this event would not happen without the dedicated volunteers who annually return to us, serving as hostess coordinators, hosts and hostesses, ticket sellers, traffic coordinators, parkers and raffle sellers. Hundreds of volunteers helped with this year’s tour. Thank you all!

We thank the many advertisers in our tour booklet; please see our website for a listing of all of our advertisers. Anne Powell, Town of Bethany Beach, The Cottage Cafe Restaurant & Pub and Bethany Boathouse, G&E/Hockers Supermarket, PNC Bank and Sea Colony Recreation are our totebag sponsors. Shirley Price sponsored the fans, and the hang-tag sponsor was Pohanka of Salisbury. We also thank our many generous donors who made financial contributions to the tour.

Once again our raffle was amazing, and for that we thank the seven restaurants who donated gift cards: Good Earth Market, Mancini’s, Off the Hook, Sedona, SoDel Concepts, The Parkway and Touch of Italy. We also owe gratitude to the six local artists who donated beautiful artwork: Aubré Duncan, Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Jeanne Mueller, Amanda Sokolski and Cheryl Wisbrock. Thanks to each of you for your continued support!

To the Beebe Medical Center, which has provided the tour with booties for many years — you have our sincere thanks and appreciation.

To the Towns of Bethany Beach, Ocean View and South Bethany, we thank you for your cooperation in coordinating the parking logistics for our tour participants. We especially thank Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church for the use of the parking lot to stage our trolleys.

Thank you to the five businesses that allow us to sell tickets in their establishments: Bethany Beach Books, Browseabout Books, Carolina Street, McCabe’s Gourmet Market and Rooster’s Nest.

Special thanks go to our local newspapers, the Coastal Point and the Wave, and to the publications Coastal Style, Delaware Beach Life and Delaware Today for giving us coverage of this event. Your support over the years has helped us tremendously.

Finally, thanks to all of you who attended the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. We thank you for braving the weather and hope that you enjoyed the variety of homes on this year’s tour.

Planning has already begun for next year’s tour. Mark your calendars for the celebration of the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 25, 2019 —be sure to make your reservations early!

For updated tour information, visit our website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com and like us on Facebook.

Again, thanks to all of you for your continued support of the South Coastal Library & Cultural Center — we’ll see you in 2019!

Kathy Green, Chair

2018 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour