We wrote in this space last week that Labor Day weekend is no longer the definitive end to the season here.
Our argument was that more businesses now stay open longer into the fall — or year-round, for that matter — and that really significant local events take place in the “shoulder season,” thus providing more things to do for the local population, and generating reasons for vacationers to come back down and enjoy more of the area while the weather is still nice.
And this is one of those weekends that really fits that bill.
Saturday, Sept. 11, is a major day — both locally and nationally. It is the anniversary of one of the darkest days in this nation’s history, and will feature memorial events across the country. It is a day to remember. To honor. To pay tribute.
But it is also a day to celebrate our patriotism by doing what we do — living our lives the best that we can and taking advantage of the positive situations around us.
And, locally, there are a couple of opportunities to do just that.
The always-popular Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival will hold its 32nd annual event on Saturday. Featured will be many prominent artists, several of which are local, and the setting of the boardwalk being filled with artisans and the ocean in the background always makes for a great event. The arts festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Millsboro area will play host to the 33rd annual Nanticoke Indian Association’s powwow celebration.
The powwow kicks off at noon, and there will be dancers in full regalia, local dignitaries and more. There will be a slight break in the action before the second dance session begins at 4 p.m. The powwow grounds, located just off Route 24, will open at 10 a.m.
The party will continue on Sunday, with a worship service at 10 a.m., and the 40 Native American crafts and food vendors will also have their goods on display starting at noon on Sunday.
DiFebo’s Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes will host the 5th Annual Ryan Scott Kappes Wine Tasting and Silent Auction from 5 to 8 p.m. The hosting foundation provides financial assistance to families of critically-ill children.
Yes, the calendar has moved past Labor Day, but this area is still humming along.