Labor Day comes with a bang


Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to the summer season down here in our little slice of coastal paradise.

Many of the younger people are heading back to school, or preparing their children to head back, and a good bit of our seasonal population heads back with them. Yes, September and October are arguably the best months of the year around here, but something just feels different once Labor Day comes, and everybody knows it will stay the same until next year.

There is good and bad for those of us who live here all year. On the positive side, our post-Labor Day roads open up considerably, and there’s a lot less waiting for a table at a restaurant. On the down side, businesses go back into the slower time and there just seems to be less going on for several months.

To honor the end of each summer season, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral takes place on the town’s boardwalk. The event is a boisterous fun-filled afternoon that both “mourns” the end of the season, and celebrates the memory of yet another great summer at the shore.

This year’s Jazz Funeral will benefit the American Cancer Society and their Relay for Life program. The goals of the Relay for Life program are to help develop cancer awareness and raise funds for research, education and patient services.

To bolster the support given to the American Cancer Society, organizers are also holding the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction. Local businesses have donated items to the auction, and every penny raised goes directly to the American Cancer Society.

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral starts at 5:30 p.m. on the town’s boardwalk. There will be a funeral procession for the Summer of 2008 and a jazz band to mark the occasion.

The Jazz Funeral Silent Auction will take place on Friday, Aug. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bethany Blues Restaurant downtown. Bethany Blues will also provide light refreshments for those attending the auction.

The Jazz Funeral is a quirky annual event that has seemingly grown each year, and is one that everyone with special feelings for this community should try to attend at least once.

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As a reminder, this is the last week we will be running letters concerning the Bethany Beach Town Council election. We thank all of you who have sent in your opinions on the race, and we thank the candidates for behaving in a professional manner throughout the process. We will run our question-and-answer segment with the candidates in next week’s Point.