Every year brings more things to do between summers. Here’s the rundown.
Get up close and personal with some of the most unique garden ponds in Lewes during the Parade of Ponds on September 6.
Research assistance by Annie Thomas
Sept. 5-7 Delaware Coast Antiques Show
Check out 35 exhibitors at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave. Call 542-3286 or 226-5456.
Sept. 6 Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival
The 30th annual festival presents more than 100 fine artists. Call (800) 962-SURF, or visit bethanybeachartsfestival.com.
Sept. 6 Auction and Garden Party
Enjoy music, food and drink, and the chance to bid on prizes such as free rounds of golf and sunset cruises, for the Milton Historical Society. Call 684-1010, or visit historicmilton.org.
Sept. 6 Paddling Festival
Cape Henlopen State Park offers canoe and kayak trips. Contact the nature center at 645-6852 or visit destateparks.com.
Sept. 6 Parade of Ponds
Tour the garden ponds of Lewes to benefit Children’s Beach House. Call 645-7841, or visit gardenpondsandlandscaping.com.
Sept. 6-7 Nanticoke Indian Powwow
Dancing, drumming, history and storytelling are parts of this annual event. Call 945-7022, or visit nanticokeindians.org.
Sept. 8 Milton’s Fall Town-Wide Yard Sale
This flea marketer’s fave lets you wander the historic town while looking for treasure. Call 684-1101, or visit historicmilton.com.
Sept. 13 Chocolate Tasting
Calling all chocolate-lovers. Indulge at the Biden Center in Cape Henlopen State Park, 42 Henlopen Drive, Lewes. Call 644-5005, or visit destateparks.com.
Sept. 13 Delaware Pride Festival
Celebrate at Gordon’s Pond, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Call 378-6524, or visit delawarepride.org.
Sept. 15 Beach Classic Golf Tournament
Support the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation at Baywood Greens in Long Neck. Call 644-3410, or visit ldaf.com.
Sept. 20 Lewes Artists’ Studio Tour
See artists at work. Call 645-5473.
Sept. 20 Red Balloon Hoedown
Kick up your heels in celebration of the Wellness Community. The party is 7-11 p.m., at Baywood Greens, Long Neck. Call 645-9150, or visit wellnessdelaware.org.
Sept. 20 Milton Historical Society Antiques Show
More than 25 dealers display a variety of local objects and artifacts. $2 admission benefits the society. Call 684-1010, or visit historicmilton.org.
Sept. 25-28 Dewey Beach Music Conference
Rock out to the sounds of hundreds of bands. Call 227-3888, or visit deweybeachfest.com.
Sept. 27 Delaware By Hand Members Show
View quality works in glass, baskets, ceramics, photography, painting and more at The Studio on 24, Lewes. Call 644-4424.
Sept. 27 Antiques Market at Silver Hill
Antiques dealers show off their merchandise at Parson Thorne Mansion, 501 N.W. Front St., Milford. Admission includes a tour of the house and museum. Call 422-3115.
Sept. 27-28 Bike to the Bay
The annual ride from Smyrna to Dewey Beach benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Call 655-5610, or visit biketothebay.org.
Sept 27-28 Fall Surf Fishing Classic. More than $15,000 in cash and prizes are awarded for most points, largest fish and largest bluefish. Call 227-7974, or visit oldinlet.com.
Oct. 3-5 Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale
Spendthrifts love the sidewalk sale in Lewes. Call 645-8073, or visit leweschamber.com.
Oct. 4 Boast the Coast
Lewes’ big coastal weekend includes a lighted boat parade. Call 645-8073, or visit leweschamber.com.
Oct. 4 Lewes in Bloom Plant Sale
Gardeners can stock up on plants and supplies at the sale at Second and Bank streets. Call 745-7383.
Oct. 4 Lewes Historical Society Craft Fair
Crafters show off their wares at 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes. Call 645-7670, or visit historiclewes.org.
Oct 5 Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch
Beach restaurants unite for culinary excellence at the Baycenter, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach. Call 656-3257, or visit mealsfromthemasters.com.
Oct. 5 University of Delaware’s Coast Day
Learn all about marine life at the College of Marine and Earth Studies, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes. Call 831-8083, or visit ocean.udel.edu.
Oct. 10-12 Greyhounds Reach the Beach
The beach goes to the dogs when retired racers and their owners visit the annual festival. Call (617) 774-0230, or visit adopt-a-greyhound.org.
Oct. 11 Light the Night Walk
Walk the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Call (800) 220-1617, ext. 21, or visit lightthenight.org.
Oct. 15-19 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
Hot tunes and cool jazz play all over town. Call (800) 29-MUSIC, or visit rehobothjazz.com.
Oct. 17-18 Americana Music Fest
Forty country, roots rock, alt country, folk and bluegrass bands play in Dewey. Call 703-2929, or visit deweybeachfest.com.
Oct. 17-19 Quiet Resorts Birding Weekend
Hiking, paddling, boating and other activities offer guests the chance to see indigenous and migratory birds. Call 539-2100, or visit bethany-fenwick.org.
Oct. 18 Wine, Beer and Cheese Tasting
Enjoy a taste of the finer things at the Officers Club in Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the Osprey Cam. Call 644-5005, or visit destateparks.com.
Oct. 23 Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Annual Fall Golf Outing
Play at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, on Indian River Bay. Visit bethany-fenwick.org.
Oct. 24 Blue Jean Ball & Fall Art Show
Buy artwork, dine and dance to Love Seed Mama Jump for the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation at Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes. Call 644-3410, or visit ldaf.com.
Oct. 24-26 Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival
Halloween fun fills the streets of Rehoboth and Dewey. Call (800) 441-1329, or visit beach-fun.com.
Oct. 25 Stage-Struck Gala
Clear Space Productions invites guests to hors d’oeuvres and performances at the Baycenter, Ruddertowne, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach. Call 644-3810, or visit clearspaceproductions.org.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 Punkin Chunkin
The world championship event is a classic in Bridgeville. Call 684-8196, or visit punkinchunkin.com.
Nov. 1 Thanksgiving Ball
Dress up for Beebe Medical Foundation’s annual fundraising gala at the Baycenter, Ruddertowne, 113 Dickinson St., Dewey Beach. Call 644-2900, or visit beebemedicalfoundation.org.
Nov. 5-10 Rehoboth Beach Film Festival
Screen 100 American and foreign indie films. Call 645-9095, or visit rehobothfilm.com.
Nov. 8 Birdseed and Book Sale
The semi-annual sale happens at Cape Henlopen Seaside Nature Center. Call 644-4923.
Nov. 20 Holiday Auction—Tastes of Milford
Sample the best of Milford’s restaurants and bid on great items at the Milford Senior Center. Call 422-3344, or visit milfordchamber.com.
Nov. 28 Holiday Tree Lighting, Sing-a-Long
Kick off the holidays at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk. Call 227-2772.
Nov. 28-29 Southeastern Delaware ArtistsStudio Tour
Get inside artists’ studios on this 14th annual tour. Call 537-6945, or visit artstudiotour.com.
Dec. 1 Hometown Christmas Parade
Celebrate the holidays in Rehoboth Beach. Call 227-2772, or visit downtownrehoboth.com.
Dec. 5 Selbyville Christmas Parade
Marching bands, antique cars, beauty queens, elaborate floats and Santa Claus take over Church Street. Visit bethany-fenwick.org.
Dec. 5 Holiday Stroll
Carriage rides, live entertainment, open houses, and Santa and Mrs. Claus are in Milford. Call 839-1180, or visit downtownmilford.org.
Dec. 5-7 Art Show and Auction
The Children’s Beach House presents this show and sale featuring 80 local artists. Call 645-9184, or visit cbhinc.org.
Dec. 5-7 Christmas Weekend
Lewes offers a charming start to the season with a parade, caroling, tours and more. Call 645-8073, or visit leweschamber.com.
Dec. 5-7 Festival of Trees
Delaware Hospice offers a display and sale of great holiday decor at the Delaware Technical and Community College Owens campus, Georgetown. Call 856-7717, or visit delawarehospice.org.
Dec. 6 Christmas Parade
Santa comes to Seaford. Call 628-2828, 629-9173, or visit seafordde.com.
Dec. 7 Community Unity Spaghetti Dinner
Enjoy dinner, the Tim Laushey Trio and a singing Santa at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Call 227-2772, or visit downtownrehoboth.com.
Dec. 13 Holly Festival and House Tour
Find holiday decor, festive foods, artists, vendors and decorated Milton homes. Call 684-1101, or visit historicmilton.com.
Jan. 1 Exercise Like the Eskimos and Hometown Pet Show
Pooches parade the Bethany Beach boardwalk, then a rare human species will dive into the icy ocean for this 13th annual event. Call (800) 962-SURF, or visit bethany-fenwick.org.
Jan. 24 Winter Blues Ball
Dance the night away to benefit the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Call (800) 962-SURF, or visit bethany-fenwick.org.
Feb. 1 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge
Take a dive into the icy waters for Special Olympics Delaware. Call 831-4653, or visit sode.org.
Feb. 13-15 Fine Art Show and Sale
Find fine works by local artists at the Lewes Historical Society. Call 645-7670, or visit historiclewes.org.
Feb. 21 Merchants’ Attic And General Public Garage Sale
The largest indoor garage sale happens at Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall. If you miss this one, the sale happens again March 21 and April 11. Call (800) 441-1329, or visit beach-fun.com.
Feb. 20-22 Mardi Gras Weekend
Catch a gumbo cook-off and more in Rehoboth. Call 227-2772, or visit downtownrehoboth.com.
Feb. 27 Oyster Eat
Men eat their fill at the Georgetown Fire Hall, 100 S. Bedford St., Georgetown. Call 856-7700.
Feb. 27 Shrimp Feast
Ladies eat all they can at the Lewes Fire Station, 325 N. Savannah Road, Nassau. Call 645-6556.
Theater and Music
Bethany Beach Bandstand
Garfield Parkway at the boardwalk, 539-5484
Sept. 1 Jazz Funeral and Lifeguard Finale
Bottle & Cork
1807 Highway One, Dewey Beach, 227-7272
Sept. 6 Love Seed Mama Jump, Chorduroy, Go Go Gadget
Sept. 13 Mr. Greengenes
Clear Space Productions
Various locations, 644-3810
Oct. 2-5 Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”
Oct. 25 Stage-Struck Gala
Nov. 13 New Works Festival: New Artists & Songs
Nov. 15 New Works Festival: Kinetics Dance Theatre
Nov. 14, 16 New Works Festival Free Workshops
Nov. 16 New Works Festival: Children’s Musical
Nov. 23 Winter Concert: Clear Space Chorus
Nov. 23 Winter Concert: Broadway Bound
Dec. 5-6, 11, 13-14 “Scrooge!”
Feb. 15 “An American Songbook”
Bethel United Methodist Church, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes, 645-1539
Sept. 27 Richard Dowling, solo piano
Oct. 25 The Vienna Piano Trio
Jan. 31 The Cypress String Quartet
Feb. 28 Spanish Brass
Milton Concerts in the Park
Memorial Park, Milton, 684-4110
Sept. 3 Sand Creek
110 Union St., Milton, 684-3400
Oct. 4 The Cashore Marionettes
Dec. 6-8 10th annual John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets and Poetry
Possum Point Players
Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown, 856-3460
Oct. 3-5, 10-12 “On Golden Pond”
Dec. 5-7, 12-14 “A Christmas Carol”
The Rusty Rudder
Dickinson Street, Dewey Beach, 227-3888
Sept. 1 Kristen and Richie O
Sept. 4, 11, 18 Love Seed Mama Jump
Sept. 5 Mike Hines and the Look
Sept. 7 Burnt Sienna
Sept. 12 Full Effect
Sept. 13 Hyjinx
Sept. 19-20 Elvis Festival
Oct. 31 Halloween Party
Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve 2008
Second Street Players
Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford, 422-0220
Sept. 26-28, Oct. 3-5 “The Spitfire Grill”
Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7 “The Homecoming”
The Southern Delaware Choral Society
Venues across Sussex County, 226-5231
Dec. 13-14 “A Newborn Child: Cantatas and Carols for Christmas” at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford on Saturday and at St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday
Galleries, Museums, Historical Sites
Bethany Beach Museum
214 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach, 539-8011
DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
708 Ocean Hwy., Fenwick Island, 539-9366
Elsie Williams Doll Collection
Delaware Technical and Community College, Del. 18, Georgetown, 856-9033
Gallery One and Artisans’ Framing
125 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 537-5055
Oct. 11 “Harvest Moon: Paintings of the Autumn Solstice”
Nov. 28-29 Studio Tour
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Lewes
Sept. 27-Oct. 5 Daily tours
Lewes Historical Society
110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, 645-7670
Thru Sept. 13 Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Oct. 4 Craft Fair
Dec. 6 Christmas Tour of Lewes
Feb. 13-15 Fine Art Show and Sale
Milton Historical Society
210 Union St., Milton, 684-1010
Thru Sept. 12 “Milton Made: Quilts from the MHS Collection,” in the Donovan Annex
Sept. 6 Auction and Garden Party
Sept. 6, 20, Oct. 4, 18 Magnificent & Modest: A Milton Walking Tour
Sept. 20 Antiques Show
Nanticoke Indian Museum
Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro, 945-7022, nanticokeindians.org.
520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-0551
Thru Sept. 23 Howard Eberle AWS
Sept. 27-Oct. 21 Bill Snow, oils: “Art in Architecture”
Oct. 25-Nov. 24 Kevin Fleming, photography: “Wild Life Delaware”
Nov. 29-Dec. 31 “Small Jewels 6,” group show of small works for the holiday season
Feb. 7-March 3 Howard Schroeder retrospective
Rehoboth Art League
12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach, 227-8408
Thru Sept. 7 70th annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibit; Jim Mott, photography: “Beach Patrol: Celebration of Youth, Beauty and Strength”; Mike McFarland: “Recent Watercolors and Pastels”
Sept. 12-Oct. 26 Orna Feinstein, Richard Hellman and Peggy Sampogna: “Geometries of Conviction”; New Image, art quilts: “Together and Apart”; F. Anne Benintende, mixed media photographs: “Significant Details”; Opening reception Sept. 12
Nov. 1 Holiday Fair
Nov. 14-Jan. 4 Works from the Permanent Collection; “Photo Opportunities,” members’ works in all media with a photographic connection.