Jazz Funeral a sight to see

Though summer is still in full swing, the realities of Labor Day weekend are fast approaching.

That is the weekend that marks the unofficial close of the summer season every year. Young children and many of the seasonal employees go back to school, some of the summer residents go back home and a lot of the businesses begin seeing that dreaded decline in business after the Labor Day weekend. It’s almost sad in a way, as the Summer of 2010 will soon be but a passing memory.

But fear not.

This area does not go quietly into that good night. One of the most treasured local events of the year is the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral held each year on the Monday of Labor Day weekend on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

It is a raucous and fun event that ceremoniously “buries” the summer, and is complete with a funeral procession, Dixieland bands and general fun. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event, and there is no doubt it will be one filled with great energy and enthusiasm.

And while the Jazz Funeral is an annual party of all parties, there is also some real good being done through the event.

The Jazz Funeral Silent Auction is held on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Bethany Blues restaurant. Organizers of the event pick a charity for money raised from the auction to go to, and this year’s recipient will be the Delaware Audubon Society and Chesapeake Audubon Society. There will be members of those groups on hand to discuss the charitable work they do, as well as educate on the current situation in the Gulf states.

Oh, and Dixieland bands. There will be plenty of music on hand, including live performances by the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars.

There are still a few weeks left in the summer season, and we certainly encourage everybody to get out and enjoy all they can. This is the most vibrant time of the year for this community, and there is still plenty of time left to enjoy all that is around us.

But maybe you should mark Labor Day weekend on your calendars as one last, fun fling of Summer 2010. You certainly won’t regret this one.