If you want to know what’s happening during the next few days here in the coastal region, then this is the place you definitely want to be every week around this time.
That’s right, it’s time once again for our regularly scheduled “Weekender Blog,” brought to you each week by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
For most visitors, we know that a trip to the boardwalk/beach dominates pretty much any summertime trip to coastal Delaware. Quite frankly, that’s the way it should be and we know that’s never going to change.
But for those of us who live and work here year-round, or even for our visitors who want to venture away from the sand and the water for a short while, we aim each week to bring you some of the area’s most fun and exciting annual happenings.
And for this third weekend of June, we have some great choices lined up for you, ranging from a trio of events centered in and around Lewes to one of the region’s most spectacular air shows in Ocean City.
Here's our own Mariya Oldfather with a video preview of the weekend.
So let’s take a look at what we have for the upcoming weekend here in the coastal region. We begin with…
Old Timer’s Day (June 17). This is the 60th year for this popular coastal Delaware festival in Selbyville. Jointly sponsored by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, this traditional celebration features cars, tractors and emergency vehicles that are more than 30 years old, as well as live music, lots of vendors, plenty of rides and activities for the kids and door prizes.
The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Saturday, June 17, in downtown Selbyville. Click HERE for more information on this fun annual event.
Ocean City Air Show (June 17-18). The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will once again be headlining this year's popular air show in Ocean City. This is the 10th year for the event and is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, in Maryland's most frequently visited resort city.
Other demonstrations for the event include the F-22 Raptor, the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the United States Marine Corps Osprey, the A-10 Warthog and civilian performers like the Geico Skytrypers.
Tickets can be purchased for several different viewing areas, including the Flight Line Club, Drop Zone Beach (known as the aerial "50 yard line") and the VIP Skybox.
For more information on this year's Ocean City Air Show, visit www.ocairshow.com.
2017 Chautauqua Tent Show (June 18-22). This festival, modeled after the popular ones that have taken place in upstate New York for decades, is held at locations throughout Lewes, including the Zwaanendael Museum, the Lewes Public Library and the Lewes Historical Society complex.
While these events are held throughout the country, the version in Lewes features re-enactors who take on the personas of historical figures and educate their audiences on many different moments and events that took place through the years.
There are also several educational lectures and presentations during the five days of the festival. For a complete schedule of events, visit historiclewes.org.
Lewes Garden Tour (June 17 ). This 27th annual event is a self-guided tour of private gardens in the "First Town in the First State." Activities include a "Garden Market," with vendors specializing in garden related retail items, free lectures and working artists in the gardens.
There are nine private gardens on the tour this year, five in downtown Lewes and three on Gills Neck Road in the Senators community.
There will also be a food tent in the park. For more information, visit www.leweschamber.com.
Family Boat Building Weekend (June 16-18). The Lewes Historical Society will hold it's annual boat-building event next to the Lifesaving Station on the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18.
This yearly event includes teams of adults and children working together to construct and then sail small wooden boats known as Bevin skiffs. These historic boats can typically hold two people at a time and can be propelled using oars, sails or motors.
After spending two days constructing the boats, they will be launched at 1 p.m. on Sunday, from the Lewes Canalfront Park on Pilottown Road.
There are fees associated with this Father's Day Weekend event, but all participants keep their newly built boats at the end of the three-day activity. Learn more HERE.
Movies on the Beach (June 19). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night! Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week's selections are "Tomorrowland" (Dewey Beach) and "Nine Lives" (Bethany Beach).
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!