The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 35th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, presented by WSFS Bank, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The annual fine arts festival will feature jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry, woodworking and more.
More than 100 artists, both local and from around the country, will be displaying their fine work along the bandstand and boardwalk areas, as well as the expanded street festival areas of Parkwood Street and Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.
New this year is the addition of a Children’s Art and Activity Area, located in the Lighthouse Shops area, and special a Farm-to-Table Farmers’ Market in the PNC parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both new elements are sponsored by Burbage Properties. Also new this year is a wine tasting event at Sedona restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue, in cooperation with Beach Liquors, from 2 to 5 p.m.
The Mike Bradley Show on 92.7-FM WGMD will be broadcasting live from the boardwalk area from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring interviews with the artists, sponsors, town business owners and other special guests from Bethany Beach. Live music will also be a part of the event.
“We are excited to add these new elements to the event,” said Chamber Executive Director David Martin. “By offering more to do off the boardwalk, we hope to impact the town’s businesses’ in a positive way and really have attendees experience all of Bethany.”
Each year, many of the artists from the show donate a piece of their work to be included in a silent auction held on the bandstand until 4 p.m. The profits from the silent auction that day go to the local arts programs at the four elementary schools in the Indian River School District.
“The Chamber is very grateful to WSFS Bank and the Town of Bethany for their continued support of one of the premier events in the Quiet Resorts area,” stated Martin. “The Arts Festival is celebrating 35 wonderful years and continues to be one of the Chamber’s signature events. We are excited to present a community and business-focused event that will introduce many to the uniqueness of Bethany Beach and the Quiet Resorts.”
Logistical support is provided by the Town of Bethany Beach. For a complete list of artists and more information about the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, visit the website at www.TheQuietResorts.com.