With the hope that Mother Nature has resumed taking her medication and spring will begin to feel more like spring, we bring you this week’s edition of the “Weekender Blog,” brought to you, as always, by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty in Rehoboth Beach.

Some fun-filled things are on tap for this middle weekend of April 2016, highlighted by the award-winning Ocean to Bay Bike Tour in Bethany Beach. This is always a fan favorite, for both locals and visitors, and provides a substantial economic boost to coastal Delaware in the early spring season each year.

But while bicyclists will be dominating the landscape on Saturday, there are certainly plenty of other things to see and do in the area. There’s an event for the country music fans in the crowd, another for aspiring photographers and yet another for lovers of local history.

And don’t forget about the Walk for Autism in beautiful Lewes. A condition that affects more and more families each and every year, walks like this one not only bring awareness to autism but also raise money for programs and research. If you’re free on Saturday, please consider supporting this worthwhile local cause.

And as always, keep in touch with your local chamber of commerce or tourism office to stay abreast of what is happening here at the Delaware beaches. Suffice it to say, there is ALWAYS plenty to see and do in coastal Delaware.

For the weekend of April 15-17, here are a few of our favorite local happenings:

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour (April 16). This is one of coastal Delaware’s premier spring events and features hundreds of bicyclists completing one of four courses – either a 30-mile, a 50-mile, a metric century or a century route. Organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, this award-winning local event is held rain or shine and will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. All routes begin and end in Bethany Beach and, as always, completion of the route is not mandatory. The Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is officially scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and includes an after-party with music, food, door prizes and more. Visit www.oceantobaybiketour.com for more information.


Dewey Beach Country Americana Festival (April 15-16). If you’re a country music lover, there ‘s nowhere else in Delaware you want to be this weekend than at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Featuring 13 bands over 2 evenings, this music lover’s paradise is headlined by Tennessee’s Logan Brill, who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and will wrap up the show on Saturday evening. Other bands come from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and two – the Clifford Keith Band and Lewes’s own up and coming star Sara Ann Garrison – are from right here in coastal Delaware. For more information on this fantastic springtime music festival, visit www.dbcountryfest.com.

Lewes Walk for Autism (April 16). Organized by Autism Delaware, this year’s 10th annual Walk for Autism begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Cape Henlopen State Park. But this year’s Lewes walk has a unique twist that could garner attention on a regional scale. On the day of the walk this Saturday, organizers and participants will attend to break a world record by creating the largest human image of a puzzle piece. Want more info on what promises to be a fun and interesting day in Lewes, with all proceeds going to support a worthwhile local charity? Click HERE to learn more.

Dutch American Friendship Day (April 16). From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes will recognize the area’s Dutch history with exhibits, materials and more. Dating back to 1631 when the Dutch first settled in present-day Lewes, coastal Delaware is alive with European history. In fact, the Zwaanendael Museum itself was built on the 300th anniversary of that settlement and is meant to resemble the town hall in Hoorn, The Netherlands. If you want to learn more about local history, this is a good chance to do so. Visit www.delawarehistory.gov for more information.

Photo Beach Bash (April 17). If you’re into photography, or are interested in learning more about this popular American pastime, plan on stopping by the Atlantic Sands in Rehoboth this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 2016 Photo Beach Bash. Organized by the Coastal Camera Club, this one-day event will feature a full day of activities and camera-related fun. This is open to all skill levels, from novice to expert, so plan on attending if you want to learn more about your camera and how to take photos like the pros. Visit www.photobeachbash.com for more information.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, make it a memorable one here at the Delaware beaches. And be sure to check back again next week here in our “Weekender Blog” for more great things to do in coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!