Hello again everyone. We hope you’re having a fantastic Summer of 2016 here at the Delaware beaches, enjoying all of the amenities, special events and general warm weather fun that our area is known for.

Unbelievably, it’s already the middle of July and we’re in the heart of the summer season. So far, it’s been a great coastal Delaware summer filled with lots of fun in the sun and great events and happenings.

The southern Delaware festival season is only going to pick up from here as we get closer to the September-November “high season” for annual events and happenings at or near the beach. But there certainly is a lot going on in the warm summer months as well.

We’ll get to our featured gatherings here in a minute, but we’d also like to remind you of a few things going on in the area on a regular basis this summer. These include:

  • Area Farmer’s Markets. Pretty much every town has one and they are spread out over different days of the week to allow farmers and producers a chance to be at several. If you don’t know what day of the week yours is scheduled for, contact your local Chamber of Commerce, or check on their website.

  • State Parks Programs. Our state parks here in southern Delaware always have a wide array of events scheduled for young and old alike during the summer. Examples include kayak tours at Trap Pond, bike tours at Cape Henlopen and more programs at Delaware Seashore State Park than we can possibly mention here in this blog. Check the respective websites for more information.

The bottom line – there’s certainly no shortage of fun and exciting things to do during the summertime here in coastal Delaware. So get out there and enjoy whatever it is that grabs your attention.

Now on to our featured items for the weekend of July 15-18 at the Delaware beaches. Here are our choices:

Lewes Antiques Show and Sale (July 14-16). This is the 58th year for this popular local event, held at Bethel United Methodist Church on Fourth Street in Lewes. The show features a bevy of quality antiques and collectibles and will be held over three days in the town’s downtown area. Hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.bethellewes.org for more information.

Maritime Heritage Festival (July 17). Held at the Indian River Lifesaving Station near Bethany Beach, this fun family event is celebrating its sixth year in 2016 and is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, from 12 to 4 p.m. Activities include a breeches buoy rescue drill, tours of the station, a “Surfmen Selfies” photo booth, food and live music. For more information, contact the station at 302-227-6991.

Youth Fishing Tournament (July 17). If you have a youngster 15 years of age or younger who’s into fishing, then this Sunday at Trap Pond State Park is where you want to be. While the actual tournament is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m., there will also be free fishing instruction and other activities beginning at 8. You can bring your own equipment or use items that are available at the park. This is a FREE event! Visit Trap Pond State Park for more information. 

Ocean Games (July 16). This annual event scheduled for just across the state line in Ocean City is actually three events in one. Held in cooperation with the Town of Ocean City, the Ocean City Beach Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard, activities include “Swim Ocean City,” which is your choice of a one mile, three mile or nine mile ocean swim, as well as a paddle boarding event and an ultimate Frisbee tournament. Money raised goes to support programs at the Johns Hopkins Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program. For more information on this event, email [email protected]. Ocean Games is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday.

Milton Arts Guild Summer Art Exhibit Opening (July 15). This is the opening of the yearly show, which will run through Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Milton. This two hour opening reception is scheduled for Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Milton Arts Guild, located on Walnut Street in Milton. Complimentary refreshments will be available and all artwork for the show will be previewed, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography and jewelry. This event is FREE and open to the public. Call 302-684-1500 for more information.

Movie Night on the Beach (July 18). 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 "The Good Dinosaur" (Dewey Beach) and “Inside Out" (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!