Bystanders and 'mourners' like take part in bidding a fond farewell to 'Summer,' personified in a blonde-haired mannequin, in the mock funeral that marks the end of the summer season in Bethany Beach. The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral also features music from three combined Dixieland jazz bands, in a nod to the event's origins in the jazz funerals of New Orleans. Proceeds from Jazz Funeral events in 2021 went to the American Red Cross.
Mike has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern and is a 25-year member of the National Press Club. He has won four national writing awards for editorial work. He is a native of McLean, Va., and lives in Millville.