Arts festival a true bell cow for community


There is so much to love about this community.

From the people who volunteer their time, services and money to help improve someone else’s standard of living to the beautiful farms that dot the landscape with their changing crops and open fields, there is plenty to adore about the place many of us choose to call home. But if there is one undeniable draw that we have that so many come back to every chance we have, it’s that beautiful ocean and beach to the east.

It is a prime spot to get out and enjoy the waves, soak up sun while lying on a beach towel or simply to take a walk along the sand and check out some seashells or just enjoy the breeze hitting your face while the smell of salt air fills your senses.

In that vein, perhaps there is no more enjoyable event in our community every year than the Boardwalk Arts Festival, brought to you by the fine people at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, and taking center stage this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“It’s a very succesful high-end arts event,” said Lauren Weaver, event and member relations manager for the Chamber. “It’s a juried event, so the process begins around January.”

And that is true. The art, and the artists, stand tall at this event every year, both for the quality of work and the opportunity to interact with the artists and discuss their passions. Also, for the past seven years, the event has helped raise money through a silent auction, to be donated to local elementary schools to help support their art programs.

However, that is only part of the draw.

There is little on this planet more relaxing than walking the Bethany Beach boardwalk on an early-September day and enjoying fine art and the sights and sounds of the ocean. Grab some food from one of the great downtown restaurants and make a day of it.

You will not be sorry.

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Of course, that is not the only thing going on in Bethany Beach this Saturday. There is also an election for three town council seats from noon to 6 p.m. in the Town’s meeting room.

Six candidates, including two incumbents, are campaigning for those three seats, and it is imperative that if you are eligible to vote in Bethany Beach elections, you do so. We all want the people who lead the Town to be those the majority of the town want to lead. The only accurate way of knowing that is if people get out and cast their votes.

Enjoy the day, Saturday. But vote if you can.