It’s about a 2-mile walk from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View to the Bethany Beach boardwalk, but on Friday, April 14, a trek from one to the other represents a faith tradition more than 2,000 years old.
While “every day is Earth Day” at the Bethany Beach Nature Center, Saturday, April 15, will be an extra-special day at the former Addy Cottage.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the center will host an early Earth Day celebration that director Nancy Lucy said will bring together entertainment and education in a way that is sure to please all its visitors.
The person who can hop (or run or walk) to the finish line faster than all the other bunnies at the Bunny Palooza 10K/5K, will go home with an award, and even those who aren’t the speediest rabbit at the Saturday, April 15, event will be able to hunt up some fun and funds for a local cause.
Bunny Palooza is now in its fifth year as a community event and fundraiser for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s scholarship fund and grant programs.
“We were just looking for something new,” said QRCF President Brigit Taylor, following years of running golf tournaments to raise funds for the organization.
“Running and walking and community events seemed to be the trend,” Taylor said. So, the 10K run and 6K run/walk were chosen as the QRCF’s new fundraiser. Next, the QRCF set about finding a time for its new event that wouldn’t conflict with other community events.
The Town of Bethany Beach will once again entertain the masses on its bandstand starting in June.
“We start looking at bands the second the previous season ends,” said Julie Malewski, events director for the Town, which also does an annual survey of visitors to get suggestions for bands they’d like to see.
“Usually, we hold off booking until we get the surveys back, but we’re always scouting new bands to refresh the lineup every year. Even though we start looking in the fall, we tend to wrap by January so we can start sending in our contracts by February.”
There will be 50 entertainment groups gracing the bandstand this season, beginning on June 9.
Malewski said 15 cover bands will perform on the bandstand, nine of which have previously played to Bethany crowds.
On Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m., the doors will close for the last time at G&E Supermarket on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.
On Thursday, March 30, at 7 a.m. the doors will open for customers one mile to the south, at the new Hocker’s Supermarket in the Salt Pond Plaza.
“It’s bittersweet,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr., whose father, Gerald Hocker Sr., took over the Cedar Neck Road store from his Uncle Jake in 1971.
Even though Jake Hocker had the store for 18 years — less time than the 46 years Gerald Hocker Sr. has been at the helm — some longtime customers still call the store “Jake’s.”
As Gerry and Gerald Hocker stood in the new store this week, contractors swarmed like bees, and the buzzing of drills punctuated the air. Four brand new self-checkout stands at the front of the store were swathed in plastic, to protect them from sawdust.
Bethany Beach Town Council members this week found some room for compromise on the somewhat controversial idea of prohibiting tents on the town’s beaches.
Bethany Beach Town Council members will look at a series of proposed changes to the rules for the town’s beach this week, at their March council workshop, set for Tuesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at town hall.
Those looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week can head to the South Coastal Library on March 14.
Melissa Heieie and Susan Ryan, a duo known as Willow Tree, will give a Celtic music concert that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in meeting rooms A and B.
If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.
The Parish of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach is seeking donations throughout the month of March for USO Delaware.
The parish asks for donations twice a year from the community. For this drive, they are requesting individually-packaged Slim Jims, individually-packaged crackers, individually-packaged breakfast bars and individually-packaged chips. Also needed are paper towels, 13-gallon trash bags and gallon-size zip-top freezer bags.
The outreach was started by parishioner Gigi Vanderman but is now headed up by Rosemary Wlaschin.
“She’s a lovely woman,” said Wlaschin of Vanderman. “She’s the one who instituted this program, something like 13 years ago. She just took it upon herself to do it. Her husband was an Air Force veteran, and she has children who have also served.
Contractors working in Bethany Beach now have a little more time to get work done during the off-season, with the town council’s unanimous approval this week of extending permitted work hours on Saturdays by four hours — but only from Oct. 1 through May 15.
Atlantic Avenue is one of Bethany Beach’s most-used streets. In fact, the town’s easternmost north-south street tops all roadways in the state for pedestrian traffic density during the busy summer season.
The Bethany Beach Town Council at its Feb. 13 council workshop reviewed the most recent draft of the Town’s budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A public hearing on the budget is planned in March.
Finance Director Janet Connery said the draft calls for $9.4 million overall, with $7.7 million of that in operating costs, $600,000 for capital projects and $488,000 for debt repayment.
Across Delaware, public recycling services are significantly improving in some areas, but people may have to drive farther to get there.
In lieu of following up on a recommendation to buy a new town trolley, Bethany Beach staff are now recommending the Town move back to a single, longer trolley route. That could save the Town around $360,000 — the $400,000 cost of a new trolley, minus the trade-in value of one of the existing three trolleys.
Bethany Beach’s history will be getting some attention in the coming summer season, as the Town’s Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) prepares for the opening of the historical Dinker Cottage as a museum, which is anticipated to happen in the coming months.
When the phone at the town hall in Nichols, S.C. rings, callers hear a message about how “normal town operations have been suspended” until further notice. A female voice instructs callers how best to reach the town’s officials in the meantime, ending her message with a reminder to residents that “We are Nichols strong.”
For the sixth straight year, local residents can ring in the New Year with the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, and for the 21st year in a row, they can follow it up with the Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos Plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
The downtown Bethany Beach-based event is set to get underway on Sunday, Jan. 1, with the race starting off at Parkwood Street and Atlantic Avenue, and ending at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
Hundreds of runners from all age groups and experience levels are expected, to compete on the family friendly and “festive” course.
The first 350 runners to complete the race will receive official finishing medals to go along with both overall and age group awards.
Building on last year’s successful debut, Bethany Beach will again celebrate the holidays each Saturday in December with Weekend Wonderland, which will feature special shopping hours, and festive activities including caroling around the town’s boardwalk holiday tree, free gift-wrapping, a holiday movie, crafts for children and a chance to meet characters from the Disney movie “Frozen.”
The cooler nights of December are going to give way to a tropical breeze this weekend, with the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s (QRCF) annual Caribbean Christmas event at Mango’s in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Bethany Beach could move in the near future to switch from its signature trolley-style bus for in-town public transportation to instead using a jeep pulling a tram.
Bethany Beach firefighters were among those who recently rescued a dog who had been swept out to sea.
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare’s Delaware Animal Services (DAS) dispatch center received a call just after 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 about a dog that needed to be rescued from the water about a mile south of the Indian River Inlet.
While swimming, Cruz, a 4-year-old black Labrador retriever, was swept about 500 yards offshore and was unable to return to land on his own. DAS officers were immediately dispatched and requested water rescue equipment and assistance from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.
It’s not a beach without sand, and local coastal towns are meeting to discuss beach replenishment and possibly lobbying federal agencies for previously promised funding.
Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon said at Monday’s council workshop that he planned to meet this week with South Bethany, Fenwick Island and Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) officials.
The rough sea did not deter two Town of Bethany Beach employees from braving the waters to save an 11-year-old boy on Monday.
Artisans from around the region are preparing their wares this week for one of the most popular events of the “shoulder season” in Bethany Beach.
The Artisan Festival, now in its ninth year, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Bethany Beach fire hall.
Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, the fair features the work of more than 50 artisans, according to Auxiliary President Kristen Steele.
Pottery, glassware, earrings, baskets, clothing and a variety of artwork are just a few of the fine examples of craftsmanship offered at the fair.
Dagsboro resident Pam Browne is looking forward to the fair, where she and her cousin, Millsboro resident Renee Valeski, will once again share their “deco-mesh” wreaths.
The two began making the colorful wreaths about two years ago.
The size — or, more specifically, the appearance of size — of homes in Bethany Beach is an issue that has long been discussed by the Town and many of its citizens. Large new multi-story homes built next to the town’s traditional single-story cottages and moderate-sized beach homes on pilings have been a point of contention between property owners and neighbors for years.
Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Week 2016 is well under way, but there is still time for community members to get involved.
The 38th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival will get under way this Saturday, Sept. 10, with more than 100 artists from around the country slated to feature their work along the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.
Jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry and woodworking are just some of the artistic mediums set for display, with all work for sale.
Crocodile tears are encouraged at this funeral, as visitors and locals will “mourn” the end of summer at the 2016 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5.
Starting at 5:30 p.m., three New Orleans-style Dixieland bands will lead the tongue-in-cheek funeral procession from the north end of the Bethany Beach boardwalk (at 2nd Street) to the bandstand.
The Southern Delaware resort area’s most unusual celebration takes place in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach on Labor Day, and everybody is invited, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral events, which will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 5, and benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.