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Good day everyone, and let us be among the first to officially welcome you to the Summer of 2016! Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, we can all settle in for the season and enjoy the great things that make coastal Delaware such a great place to live and work.

There are some great events on tap for this first weekend of June, and we hope you’ll take a little time to check out your favorites. It probably comes as no big surprise that, with the advent of the summer season and the arrival of more warm and sunny days, many of these events are outdoors and/or focused on the water and the beach.

But before we get into our favorite events coming up in the next few days, a few honorable mentions for the weekend:

  • To celebrate the beginning of the new summer season, state officials have announced that entrance fees for all Delaware State Parks will be waived on Sunday, June 5. So enjoy any of Sussex County’s great state parks FOR FREE this Sunday.

  • Interactive tours of the Lightship Overfalls have begun for the summer season and will continue every Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until after Labor Day. Be sure to check this one out when you get a chance. You won’t be disappointed.

  • If you feel like taking the short drive over to Laurel, check out this weekend’s Broad Creek Bike & Brew event, featuring four separate bike courses and an after party with chicken barbecue provided by Abbott’s Grill and beer provided by Dogfish Head.

To be sure, there are lots of fun things going on this weekend in southern Delaware. So get out and enjoy the beginning of the summer season.

Now, on to the business at hand. Here are our top choices for the weekend of June 3-5, brought to you as always by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty:

Southside Shootout Skimboarding Competition (June 4-5). Some of the world’s best skimboarders will be in coastal Delaware this weekend for the pro/am competition at Delaware Seashore State Park. The Sussex County event is the second stop on the United Skim Tour, and conditions on the south side of the Indian River Inlet are considered to be some of the best in the world for skimboarding. Other events during the weekend include an art show and musical performances at Hammerheads. Visit www.skimusa.org for more information and check out the video below for highlights of last year's event.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show (June 4). This 12th annual event will be held in downtown Bethany Beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature more than 100 crafters on the boardwalk and at the bandstand area, as well as on Garfield Parkway and Parkwood Street. Items in several different categories will be available, including jewelry, woodwork, photography, glass and pottery. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Visit www.townofbethanybeach.com for more information.

SUPs for Pups (June 4). Now here’s an interesting event for all you dog lovers out there. Milton Memorial Park is where you and your pooch want to be this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a fun event held in support of the Georgetown SPCA. Delmarva Board Sports will be onsite to give you and your canine friend some Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) instruction for free. Then you can grab a board and try things out for yourself on the scenic Broadkill River. There will even be SPCA officials on-site with pups that are still searching for their forever homes. Visit the event Website for more information.

Beach Goes Blue (June 4). Produced by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by WBOC TV, this inaugural event has a readily apparent theme – the color BLUE. Beginning at 8 a.m., and running all day until the sun goes down, events include live bandstand music, a 5k run/walk, restaurants offering special blueberry food and drinks, painting contests, a “best blue” contest on the beach, a “blue suede shoe” walking tour and much more. Visit www.beach-fun for more information, including a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities.

Picnic in the Park (June 5). This fun community event is scheduled for 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at Canalfront Park and will feature food, beverages and activities for the whole family. Sixteen of Lewes’s most popular restaurants will offer tastings for the adults, and carnival games, face painting, a magic show, cotton candy, clowns and more will keep the kids entertained. This is the main annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park, with all proceeds going to support the organization. Tickets can be purchased at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce office on Kings Highway for $10, or can be purchased onsite for $15. Kids 12 and under are $5. For more information, call 302-645-2795.

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So whether you go to watch some world-class skimboarding in Dewey Beach, or “Go Blue” in Rehoboth, or enjoy a picnic-themed event in Lewes, there’s no excuse for not getting out and having some fun in the sun this weekend in coastal Delaware.

Have a great time, and be sure to check back here on Thursdays throughout the summer for each new edition of the “Weekender Blog.”

In the meantime, have a great time at the Delaware beaches everyone!