Beach Guide - Page 32 and 33 - BIG EVENTS (2)

Beach Guide
- Page 32 and 33

By Mike Klingaman
The Baltimore Sun


Spring Sidewalk Sale, May17-19
Participating shop owners in both Rehoboth and Dewey Beach peddle their wares, rain or shine, for three days at discount prices. Sale begins Friday and ends Sunday. 10 a.m. to 8p.m. (store hours may vary).

Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. 302-227-2233.

Bethany Beach Poseidon Festival, May 24-27
A four-day celebration of beach-related activities, including hermit crab races, sand sculpting, a marine science camp and a luau show. Begins11a.m. each day.

Bethany Beach bandstand, 3Garfield Parkway. 302-539-5484.

Artisans Fair, May 25
This craft show features works of fabric art, ceramics, glass, jewelry and photography, among others, by 50 artisans. Also an art auction, bake sale, 50-50 raffle, concessions and a farmer’s market. Admission and parking are free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View. 302-732-6336.


Seaside Craft Show, June 1
More than 100 vendors take part in Bethany’s juried craft show featuring decorative painting, glass, jewelry,metal, photography, pottery, textiles and wood. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk. 302-539-8011, ext. 123.

Beach Goes Red, White and Blue, June 8
A service recognition celebration saluting police officers, firefighters, paramedics and military personnel. Demonstrations by first responders. Free music at Rehoboth bandstand. 11a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Rehoboth Beach/Bandstand area. 302-227-6446.

Cape Henlopen Triathlon, June 9
A 1/4-mile ocean swim, 9.67-mile bike ride and 5K run. Also a duathlon (minus the swim). Chip-timed races feature awards for age divisions. Pre-registration is $90, or $100 on race day. 7:30 a.m.

15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes. 302-644-8952.

Lewes Garden Tour, June 15
Visit nine private gardens where a number of artists will beon site, painting the flora. Purchase plants at the Garden Market (30 vendors) and lunch at the refreshment tent. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 on site. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 120 Kings Highway. 302-645-8073.

Old Timer’s Day Classic Car and Truck Show, June 15

Check out vintage cars and tractors, pre-1988, competing for best-in-show awards. Food vendors, a live band and kids’ activities, including fire truck rides and juggling lessons in Selbyville, 30 minutes from the beach. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Church Street, Selbyville. 302-539-2100.


Rehoboth Beach Fireworks, July 3
There are no bad seats for this annual show by Zambelli Fireworks. The display is launched on the beach, south of Rehoboth Ave., and starts between 8 and 9:30 p.m. depending on weather. Live bands perform at the Bandstand before and after the fireworks.

Rehoboth Beach. 302.245.0304.

Old Fashioned 4th of July in Lewes, July 4
The town, rooted in 17th-century lore, offers a day of activities that include vintage games for children, a boat “parade” downthe Lewes-Rehoboth canal and another procession through Lewes itself. Fireworks will be set off on a barge at dusk.

120 Kings Highway, Lewes. 302-645-8073.

Dewey Beach Fireworks, July 4
Settle in on the bayside in front of North beach around 9 p.m. Fireworks will be set off on a barge in the bay. Note: There’s no parking in the area. Take the Jolly Trolley beach shuttle.

125 McKinnley St., Dewey Beach. 302-227-3888.

Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, July 24-25
Visit about a dozen homes ranging from Bethany Beach to Fenwick Island, including inland towns. Admission ($35) supports the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. $35 admission helps fund South Coastal Library in Bethany.



Sandcastle Contest, Sept. 7

This iconic all-day event, on the beach in Rehoboth, draws crowds to gawk at the artistic creations of teams and individuals. Recent sculptures include dolphins, movie characters, mermaids and, yes, castles. Vote for favorites between 3 and 4 p.m.

Rehoboth Beach, between Delaware and Laurel Aves. 302-227-2233.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, Sept. 7
Works of basketry, clay, fiber and other materials crafted by more than100 artisans are on display from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. A silent auction of pieces donated by the artisans will beheld at the bandstand (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to benefit four area grade schools.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk. 302-539-1919.

Polkamotion By The Ocean, Sept. 12-14
Enjoy live polka bands from across the nation and authentic Polish food without seagulls attacking your pierogi and kielbasa. Festivities start 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 5 p.m. thereafter. Admission is $16-18 per day (kids under 16 free).

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. 410-729-9697.