Bethany hosts festival, election

The shoulder season is now in full swing, and downtown Bethany Beach will be the center of attention this weekend.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, orchestrated by the people at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place on the boardwalk on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a .m. to 5 p.m. This has become quite the tradition in town, and the popularity in the event swells year after year.

This year’s festival has roughly 30 more artists and crafters than last year, and promises to offer even the most casual of art lovers enough options to satisfy nearly everybody. Admission to the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is free, and the show will stretch the entire length of the boardwalk, with additional booths set up on Second Street, Parkwood Street and Garfield Parkway. There will also be live entertainment and a silent auction.

For more information about the boardwalk art show, or to monitor the event’s status with the conflicting weather reports for the weekend, visit the Chamber’s Web site at or call 539-2100.

Of course, there is more going on in Bethany Beach this weekend than the festival. Seven candidates are battling for four seats on the Bethany Beach Town Council, and the election will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, at town hall from noon to 6 p.m.

Property owners and registered residents can vote for up to four candidates to fill those seats. Three challengers are battling for their current positions — Tony McClenny, Jerry Dorfman and Steve Wode. And four newcomers are throwing their hats into the ring — Joe Bellistri, Jack Gordon, Lew Killmer and Margaret Young. Killmer previously served on council, and Young ran for office in 2007.

This is a significant race in the town because of the sheer number of seats on the line. The council could stay predominantly the same as it has, or it could bring in a new wave of faces to tackle the town’s issues. The re-organizational meeting, which will decide which council members hold which seats, including the mayoral position, will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 17.