Jazz Funeral is held Labor Day in Bethany Beach.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral

In rhythm with the tuba’s moan, the death march began. Mourners strolled to a solemn “Amazing Grace” southward on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. They were paying their last respects. Some donned fedoras, dark sunglasses, and black tee-shirts, others draped their faces and bodies in black and purple veils using the corners to blot their tears.

Bethany Beach, Delaware, Labor Day Event

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral mourners process towards the bandstand.

A white-faced-red-wigged woman played a red accordion, and her partner with his strapped on gray beard played the banjo. A nun with “Nun Of Your Business,” printed across her head-piece and “Nun For You” across her black and white habit wailed, “We will miss her!”

Bethany Beach Bandstand Event

Mourners bid farewell to summer.

“She was too young,” and “very sad” howled some from the crowd. A white plastic skeleton dangled from a man’s black coat and a spider hung by a string from his brown fedora. He sauntered to the victims final resting place with Mardi Gras beads draped through his hands that held a tarantula and skull.

Labor Day Bandstand Event

Bethany Beach, Delaware, hosts the Jazz Funeral on Labor Day.

A blond-haired angel bejeweled with cheap necklaces, and a white puff halo hovering over her head carried, “Summer’s” tombstone inscribed with “Rest in Peace Dear Summer,” born Memorial Day and died Labor Day.

Black cats, bats, witches, crescent moons and stars danced on Halloween cloth that draped “Summer’s” casket. “Summer’s” bright orange lipstick accentuated her tan face.  A bright yellow wig and straw hat covered her head, and fake flowers enshrouded her.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral

Dixieland bands entertain the Labor Day crowd.

When the procession arrived at the bandstand, Dixieland music replaced the dirge. Participants and onlookers tapped their feet and swayed to “Has Anyone Seen my Gal,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “When You’re Smiling,” “God Bless America,” and more. “Summer” enjoyed a good send off. “Yes, I ask you very confidentially, ain’t she sweet?”

Jazz Funeral is held Labor Day.

“Summer” is laid to rest on Labor Day.

This year’s Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is held Labor Day Monday at 5:30 p.m. starting at the north end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Three jazz bands will serenade the crowd: Dixie Cats, Downtown Dixieland Band, and Jazz Funeral Irregulars. It’s a family-friendly and free event, and costumes are welcome. It’s a great way to celebrate summer’s end.

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What Would You Remove From Hurricane Irene’s Path?

Storm path

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What is the most valuable item in your home? As I batten down the hatches to prepare for Irene, I think about the material items that I would not want to lose in a worst-case scenario.  Obviously, I want my family, friends, neighbors and pets safe, but what about material things?

My most important items are not clothes, jewelry or electronics. They can be replaced and are meaningless. When I prepare for an impending hurricane, by evacuating,  I take my family pictures.  I would be sad, if I lost pictures of the children when they were young. These are pictures that were not backed up on my computer. Now that those pictures are out of Irene’s path, I think that I will scan them!

On the other hand, there is a terrible picture of my husband and me taken on vacation many years ago.  I wore high-waisted shorts (which were stylish in the 1980’s I might add), and I looked  like Steve Urkel with long blond hair. My husband sported large horn-rimmed glasses and resembled Poindexter.  We looked like supreme nerds in the picture. I don’t know why I did not trash it many years ago. Can you guess which picture I forgot?

Fenwick Island Beach Replenishment in August???

Dredging Equipment

Unbeknown to the residents, tourists and business owners in Fenwick Island, beach replenishment began August 1 disrupting everyone. The top realtor in Fenwick Island, John Kleinstuber said that they were not forewarned. The last that he heard, was that they were planning to start after August 15th. He would have preferred to let his customers know the situation upfront. In addition to beach closures,  the noise from the constuction equipment is ruining vacations. According to information from the Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, the work is done on a 24/7 schedule. An August vacation in Fenwick Island could mean sleepless nights.

Slurry on Fenwick Island Beach

Many people cancelled vacations at the last minute. Can you imagine planning your beach vacation in Fenwick Island, and the beach is closed?

Initially the dredging was to begin in the second part of August. According to Senator Carper’s office, the arrival of the dredge was a surprise. They said that they would try to minimize the inconvenience to vacationers. Two to three dune crossings would be closed at a time.  The equipment noise at night would be minimized.  

Paula Retzler, with the Army Corps of Engineers, is in charge of the project. She said they were scheduled to begin the project in June, then  because of bad weather, it was pushed back to the Fourth of July.  Tourism was considered, and it was changed to August. The earliest day that they could begin was August 1st. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the contractor, was working in New Jersey and was finished early, because they did not have weather delays.  They came to Fenwick Island next. The maximum number of contracted days with Great Lakes is 21.

The slurry  is the grey sediment or sludge that is in pools on the beach. Great Lakes was supposed to control it.  Instead, the sediment ran down the beach and people stepped in it, and children played in it. Now there are crossovers above the slurry. Paula Retzler stated that it is safe. I hope that she is right!

Please contact Ms. Paula Retzler who is in charge of the project. She works for the Army Corps of Engineers. Her phone number is 215-656-6787. The Army Corps of Engineers email is: hq-publicaffairs@usace.army.mil. Mr. Tony Pratt is with DNREC . His number is 302-739-9149. Senator Tom Carper‘s office number is 202-224-2441 or 302-573-6291. They would love your input!