Bethany Beach

Local talent in the bandstand spotlight for a night

Both Bethany Beach residents and visitors who signed up to perform in the annual talent show are predicted to exceed expectations this year.

Glass, metal and family

Maid on the Moon to showcase work at boardwalk arts festival

Coastal Point photos • Darin J. McCann: Katie Kirk and Michael Owens, a father daughter team, pose with some of their stained glass artwork in their Millville studio.Coastal Point photos • Darin J. McCann: Katie Kirk and Michael Owens, a father daughter team, pose with some of their stained glass artwork in their Millville studio.Along with pet rocks and puka shells, artistic releases for people became very popular in the 1970s.

Ceramics and string-art classes became “fad-ulous,” as people were exploring different ways to express themselves. For instance, Michael Owens decided he wanted to tackle learning the art of stained glass as a hobby in 1975. One night, when his wife, Mary, was grading school papers, Michael asked her to draw up a crescent moon with an Indian maiden’s face on it.

“She’s like… yeah, here,” said Michael, imitating a busy person rushing through something to placate the requestor. “It was a ‘get-out-of-here’ type of thing — and that became our logo. That was in 1976.”

Mary was an accomplished painter, said Michael, and he would get her help on designs for his stained glass projects. Their routine continued, and Michael was eventually able to give up his full-time job and just focus on his art, spending 12-hour days in his studio in the couple’s detached garage.

Dinker-Irvin Cottage listed on National Register of Historic Places

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Dinker-Irvin cottage was moved earlier this year to its new location a few lots west. The cottage was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Dinker-Irvin cottage was moved earlier this year to its new location a few lots west. The cottage was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.Bethany Beach officials and former owners Christina and Clem Edgar were notified recently that the Dinker-Irvin Cottage has officially been listed in the National Register of Historic Places as of July 3.

The cottage, which was recently moved onto a Town-owned lot a few doors down the street from its nearly century-long location on Garfield Parkway Extended, was built by the Dinker family during the early days of the town’s founding and had previously served as the local post office for several years after its relocation to the Garfield Parkway Extended lot in the 1920s.

The Dinker-Irvin Cottage is in the process of being transformed into a town history museum and is now officially recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as being part of that history itself.

“By this action, the Dinker-Irvin Cottage was recognized as being significant to the history of the Town of Bethany Beach, Sussex County, and the State of Delaware,” the announcement from Timothy A. Slavin, director of the State of Delaware’s Historical & Cultural Affairs department and state preservation officer.

‘Mermaids’ swimming in to Bethany for book signing

Coastal Point •Submitted: Nancy Sakaduski goes all out to promote her new book, ‘The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.’ Above right, the book, itself.Coastal Point •Submitted: Nancy Sakaduski goes all out to promote her new book, ‘The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.’ Above right, the book, itself.Children will get a chance to meet two “mermaids” during a book signing that will take place this Saturday, Aug. 12, at noon in Bethany Beach.

Tidepool Toys & Games, located on the boardwalk in Bethany and in Fenwick Island, has been hosting a number of local artists and authors so that children and their families can interact with them and get their books signed.

The authors hosted from in and around Sussex County have included picture-book author Michelle Meadows and will soon include Nancy Sakaduski of Lewes.

“We like to spotlight our local authors and entertainers in our toy store,” said owner Lori Smyth.

Sakaduski is the author of several books designed to appeal to audiences from children to adults, but for her signing at Tidepool Toys & Games, she will be featuring her latest children’s book, “The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.”

Nature center offers free programs to help families explore Delaware

In order to spread education and awareness about the Inland Bays and wetlands in the Delaware area so that the public is compelled to explore, appreciate and preserve their surroundings, the Bethany Beach Nature Center offers interactive and hands-on programs for locals and visitors of all ages.

Bethany committee evaluating beach regulations this summer

Bethany Beach officials are documenting and monitoring beach-related issues this summer, after briefly considering a ban on tents, canopies and large umbrellas on the beach. The Town considered the changes this spring in the wake of similar regulations being instituted in nearby Rehoboth Beach. But, for now, it’s a wait-and-see approach in Bethany.

St. Ann’s Bazaar ready to sell ‘millions’ of items

Hundreds of community members and visitors alike look forward each year to the Parish of St. Ann’s Bazaar, which is celebrating its 37th year in 2017.

The bazaar will be held this weekend, with its traditional premier night on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. With a $5 donation, attendees that night can get first dibs on the thousands of items for sale — from toys to housewares, small appliances to furniture.

The bazaar has no admission charge during its hours on Friday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Those who attend can also purchase barbecue donated by Bethany Blues and baked goods made by the church’s own parishioners.

Boardwalk buddies create upbeat daily tradition

Special to the Coastal Point • Lilly Blomquist Some of the boardwalk buddies gather on the boardwalk, under the clock.Special to the Coastal Point • Lilly Blomquist Some of the boardwalk buddies gather on the boardwalk, under the clock.Waves crashing against the shore and seagulls cawing in the air are not the only sounds and sights that fill the town of Bethany Beach each morning. Augmenting these daily components of the beach, a group of about 13 men spend every morning chatting with one another about a variety of topics, exchanging jokes and greeting residents and visitors.

All year ’round, except in snow or heavy rain, from around 6 or 7 a.m. until about 9:45 a.m., the men sit on the benches underneath the iconic clock on the boardwalk, beginning their days with sea breeze, sunshine and social interaction.

Setting the tone for the rest of their day, the meetings leave the group members in high spirits, which is why the men said they find themselves continuing to congregate on the boardwalk every day.

Former sports writer to sign novel in Bethany on Aug. 6

Author Adam Gordon Sachs will be signing his book “Three Yards & a Plate of Mullet” at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, Aug. 6, and will also discuss his experiences working as a sports writer and discuss themes of journalism, personal discovery, friendship, high school sports and the 1980s.

Readers donate a favorite and buy someone else’s

Book lovers from all over Sussex County and beyond get the chance to both donate and buy books during the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Summer Book Sale.

Bethany 5K walk/run to benefit Alzheimer’s Association

Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Coastal Point • Submitted: Runners take off from the start line during last year’s Athletes Against Alzheimers Run/Walk 5K.Approximately 200,000 Americans younger than 65 have early-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and with Sussex County’s growing senior population, Alzheimer’s is a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts.

Local business owner Michael Loftus of Loftus Wealth Strategies knows the disease firsthand.

“My father, Jim, passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2013. From the experience of him going through it, I knew I wanted to do something to bring awareness and raise money for Alzheimer’s research and help.”

Based on his own experience, Loftus chose to organize a 5K run/walk in Bethany Beach to raise money.

Vendor sale returns to Bethany fire hall

The next Vendor Sale at the Bethany Beach fire hall at 215 Hollywood Street will be Sunday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are being strongly encouraged to enter the fire hall off Hollywood Street.

Sea Colony reminding drivers that its roads are private

Delaware’s inland bays are beautiful, but they leave room only for a handful of roadways to the beach. And after decades of not enforcing posted signs to that effect, this summer, Sea Colony is restricting public use of the community’s private road to the beach, which includes turning away cars that don’t have a Sea Colony vehicle pass.

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and told residents that their driveway must be repaved to bring it up to code,” the Town reported.

Bethany Beach arcade adds new games in the name of Shore Fun

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.This summer, Arnie’s Playland is lighting up Bethany Beach with several new digital games and looking to put the Shore Fun back in the downtown arcade.

Space Invaders Frenzy is the most popular of the new games, according to manager Eric Esterson. The game has an 8-foot LED display, dual cockpit seating and mounted gun cannons.

Another addition is “The Walking Dead” — a game based on the AMC television show — in which players shoot the undead with crossbow controllers.

The arcade’s newest pinball machine is a “Ghostbusters”-themed game.

These changes are all part of the updates put into motion by the arcade’s new owners, Esterson said.

Arnie’s Playland has served up family fun for 34 years. There were once two locations, but now the sole arcade location is on Garfield Parkway in Bethany.

In addition to the new digital games, the arcade also has six new Skee-Ball machines.

“We currently have 15 Skee Ball machines, but we are trying to get down to about eight,” said Esterson, who added that Skee Ball is still popular among customers, even with the more technologically-advanced game options now available.

Bethany Beach to celebrate Périers Day on July 27

On Thursday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. The Town will also be host to French guests visiting as part of a three-city tour that includes Washington, D.C., and New York.

Chamber organizing annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

The 39th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, presented by Schell Brothers and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summertime Bethany resident returns to sign bestselling memoir July 26

‘My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward’ tells story of a marriage challenged by mental illness

In “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” his internationally bestselling memoir about how a young marriage is redefined by the grips of mental illness, author Mark Lukach details how he fell in love with his wife, Giulia, and battled her three psychotic episodes as her primary caretaker.

Artists invited to capture Bethany in second annual Plein Air event

The staff at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites is calling on local and regional artists to paint “en plein air” during the second annual Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Plein Air event, set for Oct. 5-8.

St. Martha’s continues to welcome foreign students

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: International students showed up for a day of fellowship, food and fun at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach on Thursday, June 22.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: International students showed up for a day of fellowship, food and fun at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach on Thursday, June 22.Some visitors to the area may pass by St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach and think it’s a sleepy little parish. But don’t be deceived — St. Martha’s is doing big things.

Last week, the church welcomed about 100 J-1 visa foreign student-workers from around the world — including Russian, Serbia, China, Romania, Kazakhstan and Turkey — who will be working in and around Bethany Beach for the summer, offering up the local hospitality with a picnic that looked more like a feast, as well as a great deal of fellowship.

“It’s really cool,” said Gabriella Damyanova, 22, of Bulgaria, who attended for the first time. “There are so many people here, and you can talk with them and know each other. It’s really cool. I make so many friends from every different country.”

Damyanova, who is studying sociology, is in her third summer in the U.S. and is working as a hostess at 99 Sea Level.

‘25 Years of Good Food & Good Evenings’

Sedona celebrates 25th anniversary with brand-new look, menu inspirations

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The crew at Sedona is ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer with some all new offerings in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The crew at Sedona is ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer with some all new offerings in Bethany Beach.It’s a greeting as simple as it is signature.

On every warm summer night since 1993, Marian Parrott has welcomed every one of her guests in the same warm way: “Good evening, and welcome to Sedona.”

With the award-winning Bethany Beach restaurant currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Parrott will lend the familiarity of the phrase to the title of her upcoming opus, “25 Years of Good Food & Good Evenings.”

But while the book will be a celebration of the restaurant’s past — even getting into the location’s World War II days as the Collins Tea Room — in honor of their 25th year, the team at Sedona is equally celebrating their future with summer specials, the formation of the “Sedona Social Club” (coming this fall), a revamped menu and a completely renovated restaurant aesthetic.

Bethany planning longer, smaller-scale fireworks show

Bethany Beach’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration may be a little less grand this year but could also last a little longer — both changes being a function of the Town’s storm-narrowed beaches.

Local vendor sale set for Sunday, June 25, in Bethany Beach

A group of local vendors will hold their first annual vendor event on Sunday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethany Beach fire hall. The event will feature local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, makeup, skincare, health and wellness supplies, home decor and more.

Dinker-Irvin cottage finds a new home

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: The historic Dinker-Irvin Cottage, following months of controversy and anticipation, recently moved to its new permanent home a few parcels away from its former location.Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: The historic Dinker-Irvin Cottage, following months of controversy and anticipation, recently moved to its new permanent home a few parcels away from its former location.It’s not uncommon for people to “move house,” but sometimes it’s the house itself that moves.

After months of anticipation, the Dinker-Irvin Cottage finally got on the move this week, traveling just a few hundred feet to the west from its longtime location near the intersection of Route 1 and Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach to a Town-owned lot just a few parcels away.

Planning to sell the lot upon which it had sat since 1911, Christina and Clem Edgar donated the historic cottage to the Town last year, amid some controversy over its proposed re-location to an undeveloped parcel that had been used by neighbors as a sort of unofficial park.

The cottage, built in 1904 by the Dinker family — one of the town’s founding families — had been moved to its longtime location after the Dinkers had built a larger house (known today as the Dinker House and located at 99 First Street). It was purchased by Christina Edgar’s family in 1925, having during the prior two years also served as home to the town’s post office.

St. Martha’s to welcome international students with a picnic

Imagine traveling thousands of miles to a foreign land where you don’t know fully the language or customs, and working for a summer. How would you fare?

Aiming to lessen the difficulties involved, for more than a decade, St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach has been hosting a picnic welcoming international student workers.

Newlyweds launch Sandy Pony Donuts food truck near Bethany

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandy Pony owners Brea Reeves and Ben Wang, top, show off a dozen of their made-to-order donuts.Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Sandy Pony owners Brea Reeves and Ben Wang, top, show off a dozen of their made-to-order donuts.They may have been still dodging rice, but for the young newlywed couple, it was time to make the doughnuts.

After saying their “I do’s” on June 3, Ben Wang and Brea Reeves were off to the Bethany Beach area just one week later, for the grand opening of their new food truck, Sandy Pony Donuts, on Saturday, June 10, trading in a honeymoon suite for a sweet honeymoon.

“You could say this is our honeymoon,” said Reeves, with a laugh. “We literally are together every second of every day now.”

“Hey, it was her decision to want to work with me,” added Wang, joking back. “I’m probably the harder one to work with, because I always manage to get in the way somehow. But it’s just always worked out.”

Bethany planning 34th annual Independence Day celebration

The 34th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The 2017 theme is “Bethany Beach Celebrates!” The parade committee is encouraging businesses, community organizations and families to get in on the fun by entering floats and compete for a variety of prizes.

TOP BUN

Top Dog Grill aims to serve up something new in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Owners Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman show off some of Top Dog Grill's offerings.Coastal Point photos • Shaun M. Lambert: Owners Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman show off some of Top Dog Grill's offerings.They may not be saving the skies in the 1986 action-thriller “Top Gun,” but Darin Dryden and Adam Lehman might as well be Goose and Maverick when it comes to saving Bethany Beach from what they see as the usual options of boardwalk dining — and their mission to serve up the town’s “Top Bun.”

With Dryden’s experience in business and Lehman’s in the culinary arts, the two long-time friends teamed up last summer with the aim of offering the area something new, opening the doors to Top Dog Grill in June of 2016.

“We’re trying to offer a good, affordable option in Bethany, and trying to do it a little differently than everybody else,” said Lehman.

“It’s something that we’ve wanted to do for a while,” added Dryden. “Both of us are here every day. He’s got the culinary background. I’ve got the business background. My wife’s an accountant, she does the books. It’s a good team.”

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour sneak peek No. 6 — Breezes cool downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.Coastal Point • Submitted: A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

As former proprietors in Sea Colony, the owners of this downtown Bethany home had many fond memories of family vacations in Bethany when their children were young. After several years’ absence, they were ready to return to build new memories in Bethany with their three adult kids.

Their long search for a lot within walking distance of the beach and with enough space for a pool was finally successful. Overlooking the town’s iconic “totem pole,” their new 3,200-square-foot home is close enough to the ocean to be dubbed “Bethany Breeze.”

The heated backyard pool, adjacent to the fully-outfitted family pub, is embellished with custom tile work and is guarded by a friendly mermaid. The interior décor is a blend of traditional and contemporary coastal styles, accented with tropical artistic touches from the wife, a graphic artist. Her goal was to create an oasis of calm with shades of coastal blue to soothe her busy family when they escape the stresses of the family business back in Virginia. They now look forward to creating new memories in the town they loved so long ago.

BBVFC again garners funding for paid summertime staff

Little progress on equitable funding source

The good news is the towns were willing to donate money. The bad news is that they had to.

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