Great family week ahead for area

We love to consider this area the “family beaches” of the Delmarva coast.

There isn’t the congestion and fraternity atmosphere of Ocean City to our immediate south, or the party and rock-and-roll scene of Dewey Beach directly to the north. Rehoboth Beach is certainly family-friendly, but there’s more of a box store atmosphere, particularly along Route 1. Lewes definitely has a quiet and quaint feel to it, but it’s more adult-oriented, and the Virginia beaches are quiet until you hit Virginia Beach, which is a totally different animal.

Our beaches are the stars here, with some great local restaurants and shops mixed in to serve the beach-going families. It’s how we like it, and we’re pretty proud of the community that has sprung from that philosophy. And, make no mistake, there is a tremendous week ahead of us for family entertainment.

The Senior League Softball World Series starts this Sunday at the Pyle Center in Roxana. Opening ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m. and the first games will start at 5:30 p.m. There will be more games at 8 p.m. that night, and that will be the schedule for games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well. Monday will feature early games, with two starting at 10 a.m. and two more to come at noon. Friday will have games at 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the tournament will conclude on Saturday, with the third-place game taking place at 8:30 a.m. and the championship at 11 a.m.

This is a tremendous softball tournament, featuring teams from all around the world, and the atmosphere is very family-friendly. Get out one night and do something different. You won’t be sorry.

For an opportunity for children to both have fun and learn, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is holding its last “Kid’s Night at the Firehouse” of the summer on Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Firefighters will be on hand to offer knowledge pertaining to fire safety, children can visit Sparky the fire-dog, and there will be things for the children to take home. There will also be a tour of the fire house, a display house for children to learn what to do in case of a fire and a generally-fun time all around.

Registration for Kids Night at the Firehouse begins at 5:30 p.m. Children under 5 must have an adult in attendance and there is a request for a $5 donation to the fire house per child.

For more information, call 539-7700.