Tickets still available for 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

This year’s Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is almost here. The 23rd annual tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will take place Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2014 tour offers homes in a variety of styles and personalities; they are located in North Bethany, Bethany, South Bethany, Ocean View and Fenwick Island. Tourgoers have the option of visiting all 10 homes in one day or spreading the viewing over the two days of the tour.

Tickets for the tour cost $30, and each tour participant will receive a tote bag with the program booklet, which serves as the ticket, a pair of booties (donated by Beebe Medical Center) to be worn in all the homes and complimentary copies of Coastal Style, Delaware Beach Life and Going Green on Delmarva magazines.

Tote sponsors for 2014 are Bethany Beach Books, G&E/Hockers, Leslie Kopp, PNC Bank, Sea Colony Recreation Association, the Town of Bethany Beach and Vickie York. Tickets are now available at the South Coastal Library at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach or online at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com.

Previously reserved tickets can be picked up at the library starting July 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets will also be available July 17-22 at Bethany Beach Books, Japanesque and Sea Needles in Bethany; at Carolina Street and the Rooster’s Nest in Fenwick Island; at McCabe’s in South Bethany and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth.

Any tickets remaining on the days of the tour will be available only at the library. 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.

Raffles will also help raise funds for the Friends of the South Coastal Library. Winners of the Dinner for Two raffle will dine at Magnolia’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Mancini’s, Matt’s Fish Camp, Off the Hook/Just Hooked, The Parkway restaurant or Sedona.

The Art Raffle offers framed artwork from Aubré Duncan, Carol Dyer, Tara Funk Grim, Anne Hanna, Laura Hickman, Jeanne Mueller and Cheryl Wisbrock. 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 24; winners need not be present.

With the Adopt-a-House program for hostesses, many organizations will be involved in the 2014 tour. Participants this year are the Barefoot Gardeners of Fenwick Island, Bay Forest Homeowners, Bear Trap Dunes Friends, Beta Sigma Phi, Bethany Lakes Book Club, Cripple Creek Ladies Club, Gardeners by the Sea, Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, Salt Pond Women’s Club, Shore Democrats, South Bethany Women’s Club, Villages of Southampton HOA, Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach and the Women’s Council of Realtors (WRC). Members of the groups will aim to make visits to the homes more pleasant.

As with last year, tourgoers may pick up suggested instructions on how they may “Go Green” by biking the tour. The instructions will be available at the library starting July 17 at 10 a.m. and may also be found on the tour’s website.

For updated information, go to www.beachandbaycottagetour.com or leave a message with the Friends at (302) 537-5828.