Good day everyone and welcome to our first “Weekender Blog” of 2017. From now until mid-November, we’ll once again be posting every Wednesday here on theoldfathergroup.com, with the goal of keeping you informed on all that’s happening in beautiful southern Delaware.

We begin this week with one of our early season favorites, namely the Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park. Held on Good Friday every year, it’s a fantastic family-friendly event right here in our own backyard, and we encourage everyone to head out to the park this weekend and enjoy the festivities.

But if you haven’t followed us for the last couple of years and you’re wondering what exactly the Oldfather Group’s “Weekender Blog” is all about, let us give you the Reader’s Digest description of it right now.

Simply put, it’s just a way for us to highlight many of the annual events that make living and/or working here at the Delaware beaches such a great year-round experience.

We have so many fun events and happenings here annually, many of which have received regional and even national acclaim. And it’s our job here to tell you all about them.

We’ll give you the when and where for each event, fill you in on admission fees (if any) and even provide links to where you can obtain more information on your chosen events.

Our goal is simply this - we want you to get the absolute most out of life in coastal Delaware. We love it here, and we want you to love it too!

And we have no doubt that you will.

Now, on to this weekend's events. We're going to tell you all about them below, in written form. But first, here's our CEO Dustin Oldfather to give you a sneak peek via a short video clip.


Now, let’s jump right into our first "Weekender Blog" of the 2017 season, which, as we mentioned before, is highlighted by…

The Great Delaware Kite Festival (April 14). Held at Cape Henlopen State Park and co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, this is the 49th year for this popular early season event here in coastal Delaware.

For the second straight year, the event will kick off with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., followed by kite competitions for children and teenagers. There are also several other events during the day, including the “highest kite” contest, an egg toss competition and professional stunt kite flying demonstrations.

There's no cost to attend the festival, but entrance fees to the state park do apply. These are $5 for those with Delaware license plates and $10 for cars with out-of-state license plates. Transportation via the Jolly Trolley will also be available from the park’s beach parking lot.

For more information, visit the official page of the event HERE.

Delaware Music Festival (April 14-15). Held at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, this year’s annual festival features 17 bands, all from the First State. Some are from Sussex County, some are from the Wilmington area and some are from other towns and municipalities throughout Delaware.

This event is free and open to the public, but get there early before all the good spots are taken.

Bands this year include Love Seed Mama Jump, TreeWalker, the Clifford Keith Band, Lower Case Blues and local favorite and budding country music star Sara Ann Garrison (pictured below).

The first band takes the stage at 9 p.m. on Friday night, with Saturday’s performances beginning at 5 p.m.

Visit the event’s Facebook Page for more information, including a complete lineup of this year’s performers.

Bunny Palooza (April 15). The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation will be holding its fifth annual Bunny Palooza event this Saturday, April 15, in Bethany Beach.

The event is highlighted by dual 5K and 10K runs, which begin in downtown and end on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. The 10K race begins at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K race beginning an hour later.

There will also be a special post-race party at Mango’s on the Boardwalk, featuring a chili cookoff between 10 local restaurants, and live music.

The cost of the event is $30 for the 5K run and $40 for the 10K run. Online registration has now closed, but onsite registration will be open on the Boardwalk until 15 minutes before the start of the race.

Learn more at the official Bunny Palooza event page.

Easter Kids’ Fun Fair and Arts & Crafts Show (April 14-15). Just across the state line in Ocean City, this fun two-day annual event is scheduled for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.

This event will be open to the public on both Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs are $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and free for children ages 3 and under, as well as for firemen, police officers and members of the United States military.

The event promises two fun-filled days of activities, including games, rides, Easter egg hunts, juggling lessons, egg spoon races, photo ops with the Easter Bunny and much more.

For more information, visit oceanpromotions.info.

Easter Egg Hunts (April 15). These are located throughout the region and we’re going to give you the dates, times and locations for all of the ones that we have on our calendar.

Here’s what we’ve got…

Lewes Canalfront Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Besides the egg hunt, other events include photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting, spring time music and Balloon Twister. Located, as you can probably guess by the name, on the canalfront in historic Lewes.

Georgetown Easter Extravaganza – Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the grounds of the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum on South Bedford Street. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, there will be photos with the Easter Bunny, a moon bounce, kids’ games, face painting and more.

Dewey Beach Egg Scoop – Saturday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the beach at Dagsworthy Street. This will actually be three different egg hunts in one, with kids ages 5 and under beginning at 11:15, ages 6 to 8 kicking off at 11:45 and 9 to 11-year-olds starting at 12:15. There will also be photos with the Easter Bunny, games, music and more.

Spring Egg Hunt at Trap Pond State Park – Saturday, April 15, beginning at 1 p.m. The event will be held at Cypress Point in the state park and is open for children ages 12 and under. There is a $2 cost per child and advance registration is required by calling 302-875-5163.

Easter Egg Drop – Saturday, April 15, beginning at 12 p.m., at the Central Worship Center in Laurel. Thirty thousand Easter Eggs will be dropped from a hovering helicopter and float to Earth for kids ages 1-11. Fun activities are planned from 12 to 1:45 p.m., including inflatables, a petting zoo and a concession stand, with the egg drop beginning at 2 p.m. If it should happen to rain on Saturday, the rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 16.

Well, that’s what we have for this year’s first edition of the Oldfather Group’s “Weekender Blog.” Be sure to check back here every Wednesday throughout the season to learn more about all the great things that are happening in and around coastal Delaware.

Now get out there and enjoy your weekend here at the beautiful and award-winning Delaware beaches! Make it one to remember…