Bethany rolls out the red carpet for summertime entertainment

Bethany Beach has long been known for its summer entertainment offerings on the town’s bandstand. Those offerings expanded last year, when the Town introduced beachfront movies on Monday nights during the summer. And, this year, they’ve added a weekly bonfire, offering the opportunity to cozy up to a fire and toast some marshmallows on Thursday evenings this summer.

The bonfires will be held every Thursday from May 30 through Aug. 29, beginning at 8 p.m., off Campbell Street.

Bandstand entertainment is being offered three or four nights each week, through Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. on each of those nights.

The upcoming week’s musical entertainment includes: on Friday, June 28, Sir Rod, a Rod Stewart Tribute; on Saturday, June 29, the Newark Community Band; on Sunday, June 30, a first bandstand appearance from Monkee Paw, with their beach-music/rock; on Tuesday, July 2, and Wednesday, July 3, the Delaware National Guard Band; and on Thursday, July 4, leading up to the fireworks at dusk, the Milford Community Band.

Then, on Friday, July 5, it will be an appearance by the Tim Laushey Orchestra; on Saturday, July 6, a first appearance by Motown/R&B act Jimi Smooth & HitTime; and on Sunday, July 7, a Rockabilly tribute from Oh Boy!

Other acts appearing on the bandstand stage for the first time this summer are the Philly George Project, with jazz on July 12, and local favorites The Stims on Aug. 18. A karaoke/vocal showcase is set for Aug. 30, in addition to the long-running Bethany Beach Talent Show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. Registration for the talent show will open at noon Aug. 1 and close at noon Aug. 11, and is limited to 25 acts.

The Town is also offering a special Kids’ Night series on Wednesday nights this summer, expanding on the popular past offerings of children’s theater performances. Most of the shows will take place at town hall and do require tickets.

The tickets are available at 8:30 a.m. on show days at town hall, with a limit of six per person. Tickets for the shows have, in the past, all been distributed within the hour, so those hoping for tickets may want to pay attention to that clock, even if they’re on vacation.

On July 3, a children’s theater production of “Robin Hood” will be offered at 6 and 7 p.m. Magic and juggling are on tap on July 10, at 6 and 7:30 p.m. On July 17, it will be “The Wizard of Oz,” at 6 and 7 p.m.

The kids’ shows will move to the bandstand on July 24, with Kidsinger Jim at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are needed for the July 24 show. On July 31, they’ll move to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall, right next to town hall, for a 6 p.m. presentation called “Under the Sea,” featuring information about the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it.

Back at town hall, Aug. 7 will feature “Jack and the Beanstalk” at 6 and 7 p.m. The series will conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 14, with an interactive musical performance with Uncle Pete at 6 p.m.

Bethany’s Movies on the Beach has been a bit of a washout thus far this summer, with inclement weather forcing cancelation of a number of the Monday-night events. But there are plenty more family-friendly films to come, each planned for dusk on the beach at Garfield Parkway.

Titles to be shown include: July 1, “The Never-Ending Story,” rated PG; July 8, “Hotel Transylvania,” rated PG; July 15, “The Water Horse,” rated PG; July 22, “Wreck-It Ralph,” rated PG; July 29, “Finding Nemo,” rated G; Aug. 5, “Surf’s Up,” rated PG; Aug.12, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” rated PG; Aug.19, “Where the Wild Things Are,” rated PG and Aug. 26, “Madagascar 3,” rated PG.

Again, the film showings are subject to cancelation due to weather. For event updates and cancelations, call the Bethany Beach Entertainment Hotline at (302) 539-5484.