Bethany Beach readies summer of fun


Bethany Beach is gearing up for another round of summer entertainment, with its boardwalk bandstand schedule chock-full of everything from country music and brass bands to dance acts and tributes to musical legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Jimmy Buffett.
Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO: The Back Bay Strummers perform on the bandstand last year.Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
The Back Bay Strummers perform on the bandstand last year.

The town’s entertainment offerings for 2005 also include performances from a children’s theater, a “magic comedian” and local talents as part of an Aug. 26 talent show.

It all kicks off Memorial Day weekend, with a Saturday, May 28, performance by local country favorites Randy Lee Ashcraft & Saltwater Cowboys. The Cruzers will take over with rock-and-roll on Sunday, May 29. A Memorial Day service is set for 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30.

The following weekend will be one of crafts and the sounds of steel, with the June 4 inaugural Seaside Craft Show sandwiched by performances from steel drum bands from Walnut Hills High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) and local students at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts, on June 3 and June 5, respectively.

Acapella performances will grace the stage June 24 with Intonation, June 29 with the Sweet Adelines Chorus and July 6 with the 1st State Harmonizers barbershop group. It’s generational favorites on July 10 and 24, with Generations and The Band Saxy, showcasing the ’40s to the ’80s and ’60s to ’90s, respectively.

Swing City will bring a big-band sound to the boardwalk Aug. 7, while Tom Jolin will provide folksie notes Aug. 19, and The Juveniles take the stage with rock-and-roll on Aug. 27.

Military tones will sound June 25 with the U.S. Navy Commodores jazz band, July 5 with the 553rd Air National Guard Mid-Atlantic Jazz Band, July 30 with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters and Sept. 4 with the U.S. Navy Country Current.

Laughs will take center stage June 22 with Ron Geoffries, “magic comedian,” July 13 with visual comedian Pete Geist and Aug 31 with Andrew Roblin’s Grunt Yodel & Strut.

Those seeking to relive performances by some musical legends should come out to the bandstand on June 26 for Tribute to Frank Sinatra, July 2 for Fab Mania’s Beatles tribute, July 3 for Captain Quint (“the Ultimate Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band”), or Sept. 2 with Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis.

The Fourth of July weekend will round out with the town’s traditional parade and fireworks on Monday, July 4. Musical performance will be offered by the Philadelphia German Brass Band that day.

Heels will be in the air on July 9 with the ShowStoppers dancers, July 16 with 60 Karats senior dancers, and Aug. 3 with the Thunderbolts baton, pompon and dance group.

Kids of all ages can take in popular tales “The Emporer’s New Clothes” and “The Legend of Finn McCool” with children’s theater performances on July 19 and Aug. 9, respectively. Free tickets are required for both performances and will be available in the Bethany Beach Town Hall on the performance days. Seating and ticket availability is limited (six-ticket limit).

And “Kidsinger Jim” will present “cool kids’ music” in a bandstand performance on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Local talents will have the opportunity to show off their skills at the Aug. 26 talent show. Registration for the show begins Aug. 1 and runs through the Aug. 18. There will be a limited number of acts chosen for the show.

The performances by Jesse Garron, Shore Jazz and the U.S. Navy Country Current will wind down the summer season over the Labor Day weekend, with the traditional end of summer parade and lifeguard celebratory swim set for Labor Day itself, Monday, Sept. 5.

Throughout the summer, yoga enthusiasts can take in a sunrise class on the boardwalk, Friday through Sunday, from 6 to 7 a.m. (drop-in fee). Call (302) 226-0401 for more information.

Boardwalk exercise classes are also set for daily availability during the summer season, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday’s offering will be hi/lo aerobics; Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday will offer cardio-kickbox mix; Wednesday and Friday, a “triple play” of cardiovascular exercise, mat work and stretches (20 minutes each); and Saturday, step aerobics. Call Christel at (302) 539-3689 for more information.

Bandstand performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., with some exceptions. Check with Bethany Beach Town Hall to confirm the schedule, start times and weather-related changes, by calling the performance hotline at (302) 539-5484.

The above are only a taste of the smorgasbord of entertainment to be provided on the Bethany Beach boardwalk this summer. Visit the town’s Web site at www.townofbethanybeach.com or call the performance hotline for a full listing of all scheduled events and acts.