It seems redundant, and we don’t like it any more than you do. But here we go talking about the weather again and how it could impact weekend happenings in coastal Delaware.

As we’re writing this blog, powerful Hurricane Matthew has just left a path of destruction on the island of Haiti and is threatening the east coast of the United States. While it’s still too early to tell exactly what impact this storm will have on Delmarva, it’s pretty clear that it will indeed hamper this weekend’s activities.

That being said, we've not heard yet of any cancellations or postponements for this weekend, so we will go ahead with our regular “Weekender Blog” and give you all of the information for events and happenings scheduled for the next few days.

We do recommend, however, that you keep an eye on this monster of a storm and certainly check online, or via phone call, to make sure that whatever you plan on attending this weekend hasn't been cancelled or postponed to a later date.

We will also post updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages if and when we hear of any changes to the schedule. If you’re not already following us online, you can do so via the links below.

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Also, take note that there are two of this fall season’s largest festivals scheduled for NEXT WEEKEND, when Bridgeville’s Apple Scrapple Festival and the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival both take center stage.

But that’s next weekend and we'll talk more about those great events next time.

For now, here are our choices for fun fall happenings for the weekend of October 7-9 in coastal Delaware (weather permitting):

Broadkill Banjos and Seafood Festival (October 8). This FREE festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Milton Memorial Park. Five bluegrass bands will be providing the entertainment, with mouth-watering seafood options on-site from several different local restaurants. Proceeds from the event will be used to help fund Milton’s 2017 July 4th celebration. Visit www.milton.delaware.gov for more information.

Beebe Family Fun Festival (October 8-9). Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Beebe Hospital this weekend by attending the two-day Family Fun Festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9, behind the Lewes School on Shields Avenue. Several local groups, including both the Cape Henlopen High School and the Sussex Technical High School marching bands, will provide music for the festival. Other acts include Chapel Street Junction, pictured below. 

Activities include football target games, kid’s yoga, corn hole, gourd bowling and much more. There will also be several food trucks on-site. Adults pay just $5 for a two-day wristband and admission is free for those 12 and younger. For more information on this festival, visit www.beebehealthcareevents.org or call 302-644-2900.

Greyhounds Reach the Beach (October 6-8). Started in Dewey Beach more than 20 years ago, this unique event brings greyhounds from around the country, and their owners, together for a few days of fellowship and special events. Many of these pooches are retired from the racing industry and were later adopted by their owners when their careers at the track were finished. There are more than 50 vendors in the Rehoboth/Dewey area who participate in the event, so if you see a few sleek and stealth hounds at the beach this weekend, be sure to say hello. Visit www.grtb.org for more information on this unique gathering.

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Milford International Food Festival (October 9). After the success of last year’s inaugural festival, organizers have brought back the event for a second installment at Riverwalk Park on Walnut Street. The event is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 15 different vendors offering food from around the world. Choices range from American barbecue to dishes from countries such as Mexico, France, Italy and Greece. In addition to the food, a full day of entertainment is also planned, including performances by the First State Dance academy, the Music School of Delaware and the Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy. For more information, call 302-839-1180.

Boardwalk Buddy Walk/Buddy Fest (October 7-8). This fun annual event, with all proceeds going to help children with Down Syndrome, is celebrating it's 11th year in 2016. The weekend includes two events – the "Buddy Up Party" on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dewey Beach Lions Club Community Center, and the "Buddy Walk" on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Visit www.boardwalkbuddywalk.com for more information or to register for the walk.


Fort Miles Open House (October 8). While most events at the historic fort revolve around the renovated bunker, the artillery park and various outbuildings, this Saturday’s event showcases the work of some of Delmarva’s most noted artists. Titled “From Midway to Munich,” the day will feature World War II poster art, 1940s memorabilia and a special original work from artist Paul Rendel featuring the fort’s U.S.S. Missouri gun. A portion of the day’s proceeds will be used to support operating costs at Fort Miles. Battery 519 and the artillery park will also be open throughout the day and World War II re-enactors will be on-site. Visit www.fortmilesha.org for more information.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

Just please keep an eye on the weather and act accordingly.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!