Stage set for 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

Tourgoers on the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach area. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tourgoers may visit all 10 homes in one day or spread the viewing over the two days of the tour.

Tickets for the tour cost $30, and each tour participant will receive a reusable tote bag with the program booklet, which serves as the ticket; a pair of booties (donated by Beebe Medical Center) to be worn in all the homes; and complimentary copies of Coastal Style, Delaware Beach Life and Delaware Today magazines. Tote sponsors for 2017 are the Anne Powell Group, the Cottage Café/Bethany Boathouse, G&E/Hocker’s, PNC Bank, Sea Colony Recreational Association and the Town of Bethany Beach.

Seaside Seven Realtors are supplying hand fans for the tour, and the Pohanka Automotive Group is furnishing the auto hang tags. Leslie Kopp of the Leslie Kopp Group is serving as the chief underwriter of the annual cocktail party honoring the homeowners of this year’s tour cottages.

Tickets were available online until noon on July 19, at, and at the South Coastal Library at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. Tourgoers are able to pick up previously reserved tickets, as well as to purchase tickets, at the library meeting room starting July 20 at 10 a.m. and at varying times throughout the week until July 27, according to the schedule posted on the meeting room door at the library.

A limited number of tickets will also be available through July 27 at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany; at Carolina Street and The Rooster’s Nest in Fenwick Island; at McCabe’s in South Bethany; and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth. Babies and children younger than 12 are not permitted in the homes; and no photography is allowed in the homes. The tour homes are private homes and are not handicapped-accessible.

The Cottage Tour will also include the traditional raffles. The winners of the Dinner for Two raffle will be able to dine at Mancini’s, Off the Hook, The Parkway restaurant, Sedona, SoDel Concepts or Touch of Italy. The Art Raffle, featuring local artists, offers framed artwork from Aubré Duncan, Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Jeanne Mueller, Amanda Sokolski and Cheryl Wisbrock.

Tickets for both raffles, at $1 each or six for $5, are available at the library and at select homes on the days of the tour. The drawings will be held at the library at 5 p.m. on July 27; winners need not be present.

With the Adopt a House program for hostesses, many organizations will be involved in the 2017 tour. Participants this year are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Bay Forest Homeowners, Bethany Lakes Book Club, Gardeners by the Sea, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Southampton Homeowners, the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach.

To donate and to get updated information, go to, stop at the library, or leave a message with the Friends at (302) 537-5828.