Friends ready for 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

The Friends of the South Coastal Library’s major annual fundraiser is the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. The 27th Annual Tour directly benefits the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and is almost here.  The tour will take place Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2018 tour offers homes in a variety of styles and personalities; they are located along the canals in South Bethany, the beach in North Bethany, and inland, including wetlands views, in Bethany Beach and Ocean View.  Tour attendees have the option of visiting all 10 homes in one or two days, but each home may only be visited once.

Tickets for the tour cost $30, and each attendee will receive a reusable tote bag with the tour booklet (which serves as the ticket) and a pair of booties (donated by Beebe Medical Center) to be worn in all the homes.

Tote sponsors for 2018 are the Anne Powell Group, the Cottage Café and Bethany Boathouse, G&E/Hocker’s, PNC Bank, Sea Colony Recreational Association and the Town of Bethany Beach. FOSCL offered special thanks go to Shirley Price LLC for supplying hand fans for the tour, and the Pohanka Automotive Group for furnishing the auto hangtags. Leslie Kopp of the Leslie Kopp Group is serving as the chief underwriter of the annual cocktail reception honoring the homeowners of this year’s tour homes.

Tickets are no longer available online. Tourgoers will be able to pick up previously reserved tickets, as well as purchase tickets, at the library meeting room starting July 19 at 10 a.m. and at varying times throughout the week, until July 26. Times will be posted on the meeting room door at the library and online.

A limited number of tickets will also be available July 17-26 at Bethany Beach Books in Bethany Beach; at Carolina Street and the Rooster’s Nest in West Fenwick; at McCabe’s Gourmet in South Bethany; and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.

Babies and children younger than 12 are not permitted in the homes; and no photography is allowed in the homes. Tour homes are private homes and are not handicapped-accessible.

The Cottage Tour is also known for its raffles. The winners of the Dinner for Two raffle will dine at Good Earth Market, Mancini’s, Off the Hook, The Parkway, Sedona, SoDel Concepts or Touch of Italy.  The Art Raffle offers framed artwork from Aubré Duncan, Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Jeanne Mueller, Amanda Sokolski and Cheryl Wisbrock.

Raffle tickets for both raffles cost $1 each or $5 for six and are available at the library and at selected homes on the days of the tour. The drawings will be held at the library at 5 p.m. on July 26; winners need not be present.

With the Adopt a House program for hostesses, many organizations will be involved in the 2018 tour.  Participants this year are Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, Bay Forest Ladies, the Bishop’s Landing Ladies’ Luncheon Group, Friends of Kathy Jankowski, Friends of Dolores Pack, Friends of Eileen Giaquinto, Friends of Joan Corrao, Friends of Laura Martin, Friends of Sandy Powell, Friends of Sue DiTommaso, Gardeners by the Sea, the Ladies and Friends of Waters Run, Lake Bethany Babes, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Southampton Homeowners, the Village of Bear Trap Dunes, Tower Road Beach Family, Windhurst Manor Homeowners, the Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach and the Women’s Council of Realtors.

To donate or for updated information, go to, stop at the library or leave a message with the Friends at (302) 537-5828.