Bethany is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the inland bays in the southeastern corner of Sussex County; the largest of Delaware's three counties. With miles of pristine beaches, this quiet resort offers an endless variety of year-round and seasonal activities. Although tourism is the primary industry, a balanced business climate prevails throughout the area. A slower pace of life, large expanses of undeveloped area, and the local hospitality make this a home away from home.
It was in 1901 when members of the Christian Church, also known as the Disciples of Christ of the Washington D.C. area and Pennsylvania, founded Bethany Beach. The original idea was not to find a town but to find a suitable tract of land for a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country. However, when water, construction, and transportation issues arose, the company in charge of those operations was bought by six Pittsburgh businessmen who were able to turn it around. Those men were W. R. Errett, a lawyer, John M. Addy, a plumber, W.S. Kidd, a steel manufacturer, R.S. Latimer, a tea merchant, Dr. T. E. Cramblet and W.A. Dinker. It wasn't long that Bethany was given its name by H.L. Atkinson, a gentleman who won a nationwide contest and as a prize was given a lot on the beach.
Bethany still reflects the character of the early settlers who were looking for a haven of rest for quiet people. Thus passing on the name "Quiet Resorts" to Bethany Beach and its surrounding areas. As the small town grew over the next hundred decades it became a town built on the tradition of its ancestors. It recently celebrated its 100th birthday with a Centennial Celebration. This once in a lifetime event began on July 4, 2001, in conjunction with the annual Fourth of July Parade and fireworks. The past events that helped create Bethany Beach have created many memorable events for its residents and their families.
Bethany has kept its small town atmosphere without compromising any of the modern amenities or services. Guarded by its famous totem pole, "Chief Little Owl", the town's beaches offer many recreational opportunities, from swimming and surfing in the ocean, to crabbing and fishing along the bay, to everything else one can imagine in between.
Celebrate the holidays in seaside style at Weekend Wonderland in Bethany. For the first three Saturdays in December, shoppers and visitors can take advantage of great shopping and fun holiday festivities, complete with caroling around the Christmas tree on the Bandstand! Elf On the Shelf Scavenger Hunt- Participating businesses will have an Elf displayed somewhere in their establishment, if you locate the Elf you will receive a sticker for your bingo card. When you get bingo, you can enter for a chance to win a prize! Winners will be announced on December 2nd and December 9th at 5 pm on the Bandstand. If you fill the entire bingo card, you will be entered to win the grand prize on December 16th. Bingo cards can be picked up at participating businesses. 3:00-5:00 p.m. Santa @ Bethany Blues 5:00-6:00 p.m. Caroling @ the Bandstand with Southern Delaware School of The Arts Show Choir
RING IN 2018 in the QUIET RESORTS with a RUN & PLUNGE! The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation & the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce proudly present the Hair of the Dog 5k/10k and the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge! Highlights: HOD 5k/ 10k Race ELE Plunge Overall & Age Group Awards Music Family Fun and Festive Course Long-sleeved event shirt guaranteed to everyone registered by 12/5 Post Party at Mango's A New's Years Day Tradition Fun Team Awards Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe Long-sleeved event shirt guaranteed to everyone registered by 12/5 Locations: Packet Pick-up: Race & Plunge Sunday, December 31st at Mango's (97 Garfield Parkway) Monday, January 1st on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Bandstand (Oceanfront Garfield Pkwy.) Race Start- Parkwood St. & Atlantic Ave., Bethany Beach Race Finish- Bethany Beach Boardwalk Bandstand (Oceanfront Garfield Parkway) Plunge- Beach (Oceanfront Garfield Parkway) Fees: Plunge $20 HOD 5k $35 HOD 10k $45 Combo 5k & 10K $50 Combo 5K & Plunge $45 Combo 10k & Plunge $55 Combo 10K, 5k, & Plunge $70 Extra Wristbands (non-runners)* $10 HOD Hoodie (Child's L- Adult XXL) $30 Additional Shirts (Child's L - Adult XXXL) $10 * Due to space limitation in Mango's at the after party only 100 additional wristbands will be sold for guests of participants. Includes beer, food, & warmth. Itinerary for HOD & ELE: Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:00-4:00 pm - packet pick-up at Mango's Bethany Beach for all runners and plungers Monday, January 1, 2018 7:30-8:30 am - Race day packet pick-up located at the Coastal Tented Events heated tent on the Bethany Beach Bandstand. Plunge packet pick-up will go until 11:30 am. 8:35 am- Mandatory Pre-Race (HOD) Meeting at the starting line 8:45 am- HOD 10k Start 9:40 am- HOD 10k Awards Presentations (must be picked up, awards will not be shipped) 10:00 am- HOD 5k Start 9:30-11:30 am- HOD Post Party and Mango's Bethany Beach 11:00 am- HOD 5k Awards 11:45 am- ELE Plungers gather on the beach in ocean front of Garfield Pkwy. NOON- ELE Plunge 12:30-4:00 pm- ELE Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe and Award Presentations Awards: HOD 5k & 10K Race ELE Plunge Overall Male & Female Dog Owner (5k only) 1st, 2nd & 3rd Male & Female Master Age Groups* 1st, 2nd & 3rd A Whale of a Team: Largest registered team Bathing Beauties: Best Team Attire/Theme -Judging on beach from 11:30-11-50am Leo Brady Award: Most donations raised for the William O'Murray Scholarship -Teams must have a minimum of 6 registrants to qualify.* Race Age Groups- 9 & Under and 10-14 (5k Only), 15 & Under (10k only), 15-19, 20-29, 30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+ Policies: HOD 5k & 10k Race ELE Plunge Rain or Shine Event Walkers permitted in 5k only Dogs & owners in permitted in 5k only Dogs must be on a leash at all times (no recoil leads) Doggy doo-doo bags are a must-have with all messes cleaned up No dogs allowed in Mango's post party Rain or shine event (with exception of lightning) All Plungers must wear their wristband to indicate affiliation with the event. Waivers must be signed for all participants. There will be lifeguards, and it is a "swim" plunge at your own risk event. Bathing suits only! Tax Deductible Donations support the Captain William O'Murray Scholarship: Captain William O. Murray Scholarship is awarded by the QRCF to a student who exhibits a strong commitment to civic and community service. Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $2,000 per year for four years. The scholarship is based on a combination of financial need, academics, school involvement, and community service. Captain William O. Murray Scholarship - 30% community involvement, 30% financial need, 20% academic achievement, and 20% personal statement. Team Donations- Printable Form- Donation Form All donations are due at Packet Pick-up (12/31 & 1/1) to be eligible for the award. The Team with the largest donation will receive the Leo Brady Award at the Post Plunge Party at the Cottage Cafe. Race Details & Information- HOD Course Maps- Click Here HOD Athlete Guide - Click Here Interested in plunging, but don't have a team? Join Team Cottage! Your Team Cottage registration fee covers a special Team Cottage hoodie, breakfast buffet at The Cottage Cafe, drink specials, transportation to and from the beach, and -- of course -- the post-plunge party at The Cottage Cafe with DJ Bump. Register now! Interested in volunteering? For more information on how you can support this annual event, contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience the Quiet Resorts as you have never experienced them before at the Inaugural Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Bethany Beach! Trade your beach cruiser for your ice skates for a family-friendly weekend full of winter festivities, including an ice sculpture tour and live sculpture demonstration featuring the work of local sculptor Erik Cantine (Berlin,MD), ice skating rink, and -- of course -- a seasonal stop at your favorite shops, restaurants, and businesses. Interested in becoming a stop on the sculpture tour? Consider becoming an event sponsor! Businesses and retailers are invited to participate in the sculpture tour through purchasing their very own custom, LED-lit ice sculpture to be placed in front of stores and throughout downtown Bethany Beach. About the Sculptor: A resident of Berlin, MD, ice sculptor Erik Cantine has spent over 30 years creating, organizing, and competing in winter festivals and ice carving competitions -- participating in hundreds of events as a competitor, demonstration, and performance ice sculptor. His sculpting has taken him all over the world, competing and placing in three world championships and representing the United States in the art of ice sculpting at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. Interested in volunteering? For more information on how you can support the inaugural Fire & Ice Festival as a volunteer, contact Amy at email@example.com.
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