Mother Nature has decided to have a little fun with us during these first few weeks of spring, but that doesn’t mean the good times are going to stop. In fact, there are several enjoyable events planned for the next few days right here in coastal Delaware.
But before we get to this weekend’s events, gatherings and otherwise fun happenings throughout the region, we'd like to humbly recognize some of our area farmers and produce suppliers who have been especially hard hit during the unexpectedly cold temperatures that descended on Delmarva over the last few days.
We don’t have a status on every farm, of course, but we did hear with dismay that Bennett Orchard’s entire peach crop for 2016 was wiped out during the freezing temperatures earlier this week. This orchard is always a locals’ favorite during the spring and we’re extremely sorry to hear about this loss.
The following was copied from the Bennett’s Facebook page on Wednesday:
“It's a very sad day here at Bennett Orchards. After 6 hours of 23 degree temperatures, it appears that virtually our entire 2016 peach crop has been destroyed. We'll post more updates in the days to come, but we'd like to thank all of our wonderful customers for their thoughts and prayers on a very difficult night for us. The blueberries appear to have survived unscathed, so we look forward to seeing everyone in June for a bountiful crop.”
The news that the blueberry crops survived the temps is indeed a ray of sunshine on an otherwise dreary day for one of coastal Delaware’s greatest fruit orchards. So, be sure to head to Frankford in June and support this long-standing Delaware family farm during this difficult season.
Now, on to a crop of a different sort that headlines our early spring events this weekend – and that would be the thousands of tulips that will be adorning the town of Lewes over the next few weeks.
But the celebration of tulips in the “First Town in the First State” is just one of several gatherings planned for this second weekend of April in coastal Delaware.
Here is some of what's on tap for the next few days:
Lewes Tulip Celebration (April 7-16). More than 15,000 tulips are currently blooming around Lewes, in parks, at museums and at many other public locations. The volunteer group “Lewes in Bloom” has been hard at work making the town as beautiful as possible for this 10-day celebration of the tulip. Throughout the festival, there will be several events offered by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and its partners, including trolley tours, a celebration of the town’s Dutch heritage and much more. Visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce's Website for more information on this early spring event at the Delaware beaches.
CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Fest (April 7-10). An acronym for “Fun, Entertainment, Spring, Tradition,” this celebration of women has become an early season tradition in coastal Delaware over the last 15 years. This year’s event will feature sensational entertainment, fun-filled workshops, engaging speakers, great food, games, including cornhole, golf and pickleball, and plenty more. Visit CAMP Rehoboth for more information.
Party at the Pond/Family Jeep Jamboree (April 8-9). Now here’s something fun for the Jeep enthusiasts in the group. This Friday and Saturday, Trap Pond State Park, located between Millsboro and Laurel, will play host to a unique event for Jeep lovers. The event will include fun activities, a “show and shine,” a scavenger hunt and poker run and an informal meet and greet. So bring your Jeep and have some fun this weekend at Delaware’s first state park. And in conjunction with the event, the park will also be holding a kids’ fishing tournament and offering hayrides and nature tours for the entire family. It should be a fun day at the state park! For more information, visit www.jeeppartyatthepond.com.
Spring Dewey for Greyhounds (April 8-10). If you’re a dog lover, then this fun event in Dewey Beach is for you! This is the 12th year for the annual spring happening, a precursor to the "Greyhounds Reach the Beach" event in the fall, which offers owners and their greyhounds a chance to enjoy the beach before summer descends on the area. And if you don’t own a greyhound, but would enjoy seeing these graceful animals en masse, plan on attending the “Sunday Send-Off Beach Walk and Lunch,” in the resort. For more information on this fun spring event, visit www.deweyspring.com.
Ocean City Home, Condo & Outdoor Show (April 8-10). This three-day event just across the state line in Ocean City, Md., promises thousands of ideas for your home, all under the roof of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. This is the peninsula’s largest show of it's kind, featuring all the goods and services you need for your home or condominium. There will also be free drawings, door prizes and lot of other bargains and surprises. Click HERE for more information.
These are just a few of the fun happenings for this early spring weekend at the Delaware beaches. Join us again here next week on our “Weekender Blog” for more of what’s happening in and around coastal Delaware.
Have a great weekend everyone!