It’s going to be another fantastic summertime weekend here in the coastal region, and we’ve got seven events to tell you about in our latest Oldfather Group “Weekender Blog.” In short, there’s plenty of fun things to see and do over the next few days at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, so keep reading for much more on what’s coming up.
The annual White Marlin Open in Ocean City is the biggest event on the schedule and you can learn more about this unique summertime fishing tournament by reading our preview below. But for more insight on “The Open,” check back on thecoastalcompass.com later in the week for a full feature on this yearly event in coastal Maryland.
But in addition to the main event in Ocean City, we also have a number of great things to tell you about in America’s First State. There are many family friendly events scheduled over the next few days in several coastal Delaware communities.
So without further delay, here are our choices for top events and happenings during the first weekend of August in Delaware and Maryland’s coastal regions.
We begin, as you can probably guess, in Ocean City…
White Marlin Open (August 5-9). This five-day event is the world’s largest billfish tournament and is being held for the 46th year in Ocean City. Hundreds of teams are expected to compete in 2019 for prize money that will total more than $5 million.
Last year’s tournament drew 3,000 contestants in categories that included white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and shark.
All fish will again we weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island, located at 14th Street and the Bay. Weigh-ins will occur each day between 4 and 9:15 p.m. and are free and open for the public to view and enjoy.
Ocean City has been known as the “White Marlin Capital of the World” since given that moniker by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939. And judging by the size and popularity of this yearly fishing tournament, that nickname will probably be around for some time to come.
Outdoor Antiques and Vintage Show (August 3). There’s another great event planned in downtown Lewes for this first weekend of August, this time the Lewes Historical Society’s 56th annual Outdoor Antiques and Vintage Show.
Several dealers are planned for 2019, featuring antiques from the 18th to early 20th centuries. Tickets for this annual fundraising event are $5 for adults, with children under 12 admitted for free.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 3.
For more information about the 2019 Antiques and Vintage Show at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street, call 302-645-7670 or visit www.HistoricLewes.org.
Outdoor Fine Art and Craft Show (August 3). The folks at the Rehoboth Art League will be holding their 46th annual Fine Art and Craft Show this Saturday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Henlopen Acres.
In addition to the many artists displaying their work throughout the grounds, other activities for this fun summertime event include a wide selection of food items, historic tours, live music, gallery exhibits, a Dogfish Head Beer Garden and much more.
Tickets for the event are $5 and children under 12 are admitted for free.
For more information on this year’s Fine Art and Craft Show, visit www.rehobothartleague.org or call 302-227-8408.
Conclusion of Senior League World Series (August 2-4). This year’s Senior League Softball World Series event at the Lower Sussex Little League complex in Roxana will be winding up over the next few days.
It’s a great event to observe live and in person. But if you can’t make it out to the Pyle Center, the final games of the weekend will also be shown on the ESPN television network.
At this time, the teams in the championship rounds have not yet been determined.
For more on the 2019 Senior League Softball World Series, visit the tournament website here.
Rehoboth Museum Beach Ball (August 3). This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Rehoboth Beach Museum, and will be held at King’s Creek Country Club on Saturday evening, August 3.
This is the 14th year for the Beach Ball, which is scheduled for 7 to 10:30 p.m., and will feature great food and dancing, music by Junior Wilson, live and silent auctions and much more.
Tickets start at $125 for members of the museum and are $150 if purchased at the door, with a portion of the ticket price being tax deductible. Proceeds raised at the Beach Ball are used to support the work of the Rehoboth Beach Museum.
For more information on this year’s beach ball, or to purchase tickets, call 302-227-7310 or visit www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.
Cardboard Boat Regatta (August 3). This wild and wacky event centered on and around the Nanticoke River in Seaford is held in coordination with the Town of Blades, the Reclaim Our River Program, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and the Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron.
The event features a great way for different organizations to get out and have some fun on the water and also includes music, food and beverages, and opportunities to learn from the Reclaim Our River partnership about how to protect Delaware’s waterways.
Teams build boats made out of recycled cardboard, with the goal of making them float down the river. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, and that’s really when the fun starts.
Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., with judging at 12 p.m. and races beginning 30 minutes later. Awards will be handed out in several different categories and age groups.
The entry fee for this year’s cardboard boat regatta is $30. Visit the event page online for more information.
Harry K Foundation 5K (August 4). This 11th annual event will begin at the Greene Turtle in Lewes on Sunday, August 4. Registration starts at 7 a.m., with the race kicking off an hour later.
There is also a one mile non-competitive walk and a “Kiddie K” scheduled, so that everyone can participate regardless of age or physical ability.
This event is a fundraiser for the Harry K Foundation, which fights childhood hunger in the State of Delaware. The registration fee is $25 if paid on August 1, or $30 thereafter.
For more details, or to register, visit the web page of the event here.
Movies on the Beach (August 5). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night!
Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week’s selections are “Mary Poppins Returns” (Dewey Beach) and “Shark Tale” (Bethany Beach).
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!