Work starts on 2006 craft show

The committee organizing the Seaside Craft Show in Bethany Beach is already planning for the second edition of the event, set for June 3, 2006.

Committee members met Oct. 15 to continue efforts for marketing the event and to send out applications to crafters who had applied to participate in the inaugural 2005 edition.

The deadline for applications to be returned to the committee has been set for Jan. 15, allowing enough time for a jury to evaluate the crafts and decide which crafters will be given invitations to participate in the next show.

“We’re 90-miles ahead of where we were,” Vice-Mayor and committee Co-chairwoman Carol Olmstead said, referring to the rush to organize the 2005 event in short order once it was conceptualized.

Mary Headman, in charge of marketing for 2005 and now for 2006, said she had already approached a number of newspapers and magazines about advertising the event and including it in various calendars of events.

New for this year is a more complete Web presence for the Seaside Craft Show, with a page supplied through the town Web site ( where interested crafters can download an application, as well as obtain additional information about the event.

The committee has sought to limit the load on town event coordinator Gloria Farrar by focusing informational request on the Web site instead of asking that those seeking information call Farrar at town hall.

With that in mind, the committee is also seeking links on other Web sites to help spread the word about the event.

The 2005 edition was considered a rousing success, exceeding the committee’s hopes for attendance by both craft vendors and shoppers, and enjoying excellent weather in the open-air environment of the town’s boardwalk.

The 2006 Seaside Craft Show will again take place the day before the annual Taste of Coastal Delaware event (June 4, this year) sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and will coordinate advertising with that event.