Here we are the week after three of the biggest festivals of the year in southern Delaware, a grand finale of sorts to the area’s fall festival season. It’s time now to take a deep breath and remember all of the great events of the last few months.

Not that there aren’t still a few gatherings and events coming up in the days and weeks ahead, mind you. There are still several, as you’ll read about today and in coming editions of our “Weekender Blog.”

But the biggest ones are certainly behind us for another year.

We do want to get to this weekend’s action, however. But before we do, we want to take a moment and acknowledge the tragic events that occurred at last weekend’s World Championship Punkin Chunkin Festival near Bridgeville.

During the Sunday portion of “The Chunk,” two people were injured when a part of one of the air cannons unexpectedly came loose and resulted in debris being thrown into the air and onto bystanders. With the amount of air pressure these cannons emit, you can imagine that it was a very scary situation.

We send our thoughts to the people who were injured and wish them speedy recoveries. But there are other thoughts to consider as well…

This was the return of Punkin Chunkin after a two-year hiatus due to insurance liability concerns. There had never been an accident like this in the many years that the Chunk has been held in Sussex County, but our fear now is that this may be the last time we'll see Punkin Chunkin in southern Delaware.

We certainly hope this one tragic accident doesn’t spell the end of a fabulous local event and that organizers, the land owner, insurance companies and the state legislature can find a way to get past this. Whether it can be done or not remains to be seen, but we’ll be sure to publish any updates here on our blog page.

Now, on to this weekend’s events and happenings here in southern Delaware, a period highlighted by the return of the Beer & Barrel Festival in Bridgeville.

Other events are happening closer to the beach, so be sure to read about all of them below and get out this weekend to have a great time.

And be sure to check back here next week as we stray from the formula a bit and highlight some of the great holiday light shows that will be kicking off in the next few days. There are a few, some you know about and others you might not.

But, that’s next week. For now, here are our choices for the weekend of Nov. 11-13 in southern Delaware:

Bridgeville Beer & Barrel Festival (Nov. 12). This fun event returns for it’s third year and is slated for Saturday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Heritage Shores community in Bridgeville. The Beer & Barrel Festival features unlimited samples from some of Delmarva’s finest breweries, wineries and distilling companies, all included with the admission price of $25. Tickets for designation drivers are only $10.

There will also be live entertainment throughout the day, with the biggest names on the card being Modern Day Addiction and Mikes Hines and The Look. Look for a host of food trucks at the festival as well. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT.

Visit the organization’s Facebook page HERE for more information. 

Dutch-American Heritage Day (Nov. 12). Scheduled for the Zwaanendael Museum on King's Highway in Lewes, this unique day honors the contributions the Dutch have made to life in coastal Delaware, from originally settling the area in 1631, to the present. Call 302-645-1148 for more information.

Fort Miles Open House (Nov. 12). This weekend’s fall open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will showcase some of the region’s most noted artists, including the nationally acclaimed Paul Rendel. The event showcases many World War II posters and other 1940s memorabilia as well. Visit the Fort Miles Historical Association for more information.

Sip, Sup & Shop (Nov. 13). Scheduled for the historic Brick Hotel on The Circle in Georgetown, this event features bottomless champagne or mimosas, light refreshments and shopping with the 15-20 vendors that are expected to attend. Admission is $5.

The event is scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m. and reservations are required. Visit for more information.

Salute to Veterans (Nov. 13). In nearby Milford, the men and women from that town who served in the military, beginning with the Revolutionary War, will be honored in a special exhibit at the Milford Museum. Opening on the weekend following Veteran’s Day, the exhibit will officially be unveiled during a special event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. For more information on the “Salute to Veteran’s” exhibit opening, call 302-424-1080 or email [email protected].

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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