This week's "Weekender Blog," brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty, is going to be a little different than most. Truth be told, we almost didn't post an entry at all this week.
But for those of you who log on every Thursday for valuable weekend information, we felt we must. There is one BIG reason why we almost didn't post this week, however, and his name is – JOAQUIN!!!
There are, or should we say were, many big events planned for this first weekend in October, but most have either been cancelled or are likely going to be cancelled. We will address a few of the major ones here in this week's blog, but certainly make a phone call before venturing out this weekend if you plan on attending any of these planned gatherings.
And, most importantly, please stay safe! By all accounts, this looks to be a major storm for our area, with lots of coastal flooding, high winds and record amounts of rainfall.
Now, here are this weekend's scheduled events:
Golden Jubilee (Oct. 2-4). Organizers were working on a so-called "Plan B" due to the weather, but as of Thursday morning at 9 a.m., this third annual event bringing more than 100 golden retrievers and their owners together for a fun weekend at the beach has been CANCELLED due to the impending hurricane. Visit www.deweygoldenjubilee.wordpress.com for information on future events.
Wings & Wheels Festival (Oct. 2-3). Saturday events for this popular World War II themed event have been CANCELLED, but the Friday evening Big Band Dinner and Show is still going on as scheduled, as of Thursday morning. If you have tickets for this evening event, please check ahead of time with the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, however, to make sure it's still going to happen.
Lewes Fall Craft Fair (Oct. 3). No decision has yet been made on the possible cancellation of this popular fall festival at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street. As of now, the event is scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but certainly contact the Lewes Historical Society if you plan on attending to make sure it's still a go. If it does go on as scheduled, admission is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Proceeds go to benefit educational programs at the Society.
Boast the Coast Maritime Festival (Oct. 3). The 20th anniversary of this event, it's still scheduled to occur as of this time. But if the weather deteriorates, it would be incredibly difficult, as the events are mostly maritime-themed and, thus, on or near the water. Keep an eye on the Lewes Chamber of Commerce Website at www.leweschamber.com for updates.
Coast Day (Oct. 4). This is typically a rain or shine event, but with the possibility of a hurricane hitting the area this weekend, things are definitely not certain at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Organizers say they will make the call by Friday at 10 a.m., whether the festival will go on as scheduled. A final decision will be made at that time and posted on www.decoastday.org.
There are other events scheduled for this weekend, to be sure, but these are some of the big ones. Please exercise your best judgment before venturing out in the next few days and, as mentioned above, call first before deciding to attend one of these annual fall happenings.
Chances are pretty good that all, or at least most, will be cancelled due to Hurricane Joaquin's projected path across Delmarva.
But, once the storm passes, be on the lookout once again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Stay safe everyone!