Mariya and I may be the leaders of the Oldfather Group in name, but we also fully realize that it takes a committed team of professional staffers, top-notch agents and reliable support personnel to make a successful real estate agency – and we believe we have that in spades here at the Delaware beaches.

Because of the family-type atmosphere we strive for in the office and throughout our business, we like to show our appreciation several times a year to the people who mean the most to us. It's our way of saying "thank you" to those who help us grow our company and have helped us become one of the top real estate teams in coastal Delaware.

One way we do this is by holding an annual bonfire on the beach in Dewey. While this year's event was originally wiped out by the powerful nor'easter that barrelled through the area earlier this month, we decided instead of cancelling to simply move it to another date – this past Saturday, Oct. 24.

So we collected the firewood, threw up the canopies, lit the fire, put the beer on ice and had a fantastic time with valued employees, talented agents, treasured clients and close friends. We love these opportunities to show our appreciation and to just relax, forget about work for a few hours and have a good time here in the wonderful area that we all call home.

Check out a few photos from this year's fun-filled event below.

And why not consider allowing our team to handle your real estate needs now or in the future? Who knows? Maybe next year, you'll be hanging out on the beach with us, enjoying a cold beverage and talking about your new life and home here in coastal Delaware.

We'd love to welcome you to the "family."