A happy middle of September to everyone and a genuine thank you to all of you who continue to read and enjoy our blog highlighting happenings here in coastal Delaware. We appreciate all the great comments and we love hearing about your adventures at the Delaware beaches.

There's a couple of Thursday happenings this week we thought you might be interested in, so we're posting just a little bit early.

Events on tap this week include a big culinary event happening bayside in Dewey Beach on Thursday, and it's all for an incredibly worthwhile cause, so give it a look. And why not make a day of it by hitting the Jolly Trolley for a historic tour of the "Nation's Summer Capital" in the morning, working up a good appetite for later in the day.

And don't forget to check out some great events scheduled for the weekend at or near the Delaware beaches. As always, we have you covered here in the "Weekender Blog," brought to you each week by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

Here are this week's selections. Enjoy!

Jolly Trolley Historical Rehoboth Tour (Sept. 17). Tour Rehoboth Beach in the comfort of the Jolly Trolly and learn firsthand about Delaware's most popular seaside resort in this unique tour of the city. Reservations are required, so call the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society at 302-227-7310 to save your spot today. The tour begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday at the Anna Hazzard Museum on Christian Street.

Battle at the Beach: Chef Cook Off (Sept. 17). Come hungry to this ultimate cooking battle bayside in Dewey Beach, where you can enjoy hors d'oeuvres prepared by chefs from several competing local restaurants. The evening will also feature a so-called "mixologist contest," where guests will sample cocktails and vote for the drink that will ultimately become the signature cocktail at the Celebrity Chefs Beach Brunch. The event is scheduled for Thursday night from 6 to 8 at Ivy, with all proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels Delaware. Click HERE for more information.

Oktoberfest (Sept. 18). Downtown Lewes will be transformed into a coastal Delaware beer garden this Friday night, with Bavarian-style dancers performing on Market Street, between Front and Second Streets. German cuisine will be featured in many of the local restaurants and sponsor Dogfish Head will have a significant presence. Visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Freeman Stage Arts and Jazz Festival (Sept. 19). All summer long, quality entertainment has been featured at the local gem that is the Freeman Stage, near Fenwick Island. But this Saturday will be one of the best of the year, with some of the most talented jazz artists to ever appear in coastal Delaware scheduled to perform. While enjoying the music, you can also stroll the grounds and preview the artwork of many of the Delmarva Peninsula's finest artists. For more information, visit www.freemanstage.org.

Milford Eat in the Street (Sept. 20). This unique local event returns again this year, where participants enjoy a four-course meal and entertainment while relaxing in the middle of downtown Walnut Street. This year's menu has been designed by several of the area's finest chefs, including Kevin Reading of Abbott's Grill. For more information visit www.downtownmilford.org.

These are just a few of this weekend's fun-filled events here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.

And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!