BEST BETS: Dover Air Force Base concert salutes those who serve country

Rock band X Ambassadors will perform Sunday at the End of the Summer Festival at Dover Air Force Base along with We the Kings. The concert is open to base personnel, retires and Reservists. (Submitted photo)

The U.S. Air Force is saying thank you to all of its hard-working men and women at the Dover Air Force Base Sunday with an End of the Summer Music Festival.

Presented by Air Force Services Activity and open solely to Dover Air Force Base personnel, retirees, Reservists and their families, the day will feature concerts by national recording artists X Ambassadors and We The Kings.

David Harkness, the 436th Airlift Wing Force Support Squadron Nonappropriated Fund food and beverage director at the base, said the opportunity to host the musical groups came through Air Force Entertainment.

“They book bands for bases nationwide. We were very fortunate to get a call from them. It’s a phenomenal opportunity to be able to give back to the Airmen with something like this for everything they do for us,” he said.

Set for the track across from the Dover Air Force Base Youth Center, the day begins with family activities starting at 5 p.m.

The community pool will be open free of charge. Inflatables, including an obstacle course and slide, will be set up. Arts and crafts and games for the kids along with food trucks will also be on site.

We the Kings will perform starting at 7 p.m.

The Florida rock band’s self-titled full-length debut album, released in 2007, included the platinum single “Check Yes Juliet,” and went on to sell over 250,000 copies in the U.S. The group’s second album “Smile Kid” in 2009 included Top 40 singles “Heaven Can Wait” and “We’ll Be a Dream” (featuring Demi Lovato), as well as the single “She Takes Me High.”

The band’s third album “Sunshine State of Mind” was released in 2011 and featured the MTV Video Music Award winner for Most Innovative Music Video of the Year for the group’s interactive music video and song “Say You Like Me.”

Other singles from the band include “Just Keep Breathing,” “Find You There,” “Any Other Way” and “Art of War.”

X Ambassadors will hit the stage at 8:30 p.m. They are no stranger to Dover, having played the Firefly Music Festival in 2015 and then a free concert prior to a NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway later that year.

The Ithaca, New York rock band’s most notable songs include “Jungle”, “Renegades”, and “Unsteady.” The group’s debut full-length album, “VHS,” was released in 2015. They released four singles in 2017: “Hoping,” “Torches,” “The Devil You Know” and “Ahead of Myself.” Their next album “Joyful” is expected to be released later this year.

“Air Force Entertainment dictated to us who the bands would be and we’re very excited about them. The bands are extremely current and we’re expecting a wonderful day,” Mr. Harkness said.

He expressed how grateful he is to the groups who will be performing this weekend.

“One thing is for certain. I can’t say enough for the actual entertainers who take an active role with Air Force Entertainment and want to be a part of that,” he said.

“I think it says a lot about the entertainers and how dedicated they are to the armed forces.”

Attendees are asked to bring chairs and blankets. Parking will be limited. Housing residents are encouraged to walk to the concert. A shuttle will be available to transport those who live across Del. 1.

The event will be rain or shine with contingency plans set in case of bad weather.

Mr. Harkness stressed that the day is a group effort from many areas of the base to honor those who serve the country.

“It’s been a collaborative effort from many (points of contact) to make the day successful and honor the sacrifice the airmen give to even have an event like this on Labor Day weekend,” he said.

“Whatever we can provide them to send them gratitude on a regular basis for their dedication to their country and family, we’re more than happy to do it.”

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral

Speaking of saying goodbye summer, Bethany Beach will hold its traditional Jazz Funeral for summer 2018.

One of the goals of this light-hearted event is to raise money for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

Activities begin about 5 p.m. at the north end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

At the Jazz Funeral, spectators go to the Bethany Beach Boardwalk on Labor Day Monday to join in a funeral procession of mourners, along with the combined forces of three Dixieland jazz bands, to carry a casket with a mannequin representing “Summer of 2018” to its final resting place at the Boardwalk Bandstand. An overview of the event can be viewed at the website, The event is free, family-friendly and all are invited to attend.

“The purpose of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity programs is to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families in Sussex County,” said Marie Bacon, assistant chairwoman for the event. “This year’s 33rd Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral and our 13th annual Jazz Funeral Silent Auction are dedicated to Habitat for Humanity.”

Revelers escort the “coffin” of summer during a previous Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to say goodbye to the season. (Submitted photo)

Each adult in the Habitat Partner families contributes 250 hours of “sweat equity” building and volunteering on Habitat projects in addition to attending monthly partner family classes that help teach them about home ownership.

Families are selected on the basis of the need for housing, ability to pay a no-profit, no-interest mortgage, and their willingness to partner.

The silent auction will be held today from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Bethany Blues restaurant in Bethany Beach.

“We will be offering many restaurant gift certificates and quality store merchandise that will please the entire family,” Ms. Bacon said. “We are happy to have received a high level of positive support from the shops, stores and restaurants in the Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Fenwick Island areas as well as a variety of establishments in Millville, West Fenwick Island/Selbyville, Millsboro, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City, West Ocean City and Berlin (Maryland).”

For more information, call to leave a message at 302-537-1585 or

Beers, Rims & Notes

Blue Earl Brewing in Smyrna celebrates summer’s unofficial grand finale on Saturday with the third Annual Beers, Rims & Notes event from noon to 9 p.m. featuring a car show, food trucks, and live reggae music.

There will be a biergarten and outdoor games.

The day will be marked with a special beer release of My Honey Bee — Honey Wheat Ale brewed with Pilsner, Wheat Malt, sweet orange peel and 100 percent local raw wildflower honey at 8 IBU and 6.8 percent. ABV.

Performing on the new outdoor stage will be Jason Ager & The Golden Eagles, Tree Rats and JAH People.

Food trucks Delicious Craving and Mojo Loco will be on-site.

Car registration and tickets are available at–notes.

For the car show, there is a $15 pre-registration fee and $20 day of the show. Admission is free.

For more information contact Tyler Torres at 302-242-4132 or email

Blue Earl is at 210 Artisan Drive, Smyrna.

Light it up

Wooodburn, the governor’s mansion in Dover is joining more than 130 buildings, monuments and landmarks across the United States and Canada to illuminate in honor of the “Stand Up To Cancer” Sept. 7 telethon starting at 8 p.m.

The show — which will feature performances and appearances from recording artists and celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and Keith Urban — will air live from Los Angeles on over 65 broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms across the United States and Canada, including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC and their affiliates.

Next weekend’s telecast will feature 10 years of raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

Woodburn will join the New York Stock Exchange; Wrigley Building in Chicago; Niagara Falls; Peace Bridge connecting Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ontario; Helmsley Building in New York City; Capital Wheel outside Washington, D.C.; and One Liberty Place, Cira Tower and FMC Tower in Philadelphia, among others.

All will light up in a combination of SU2C’s signature colors: orange, red, yellow, gray or white. Woodburn, which is the only building in Delaware chosen for the event, will light up in red.

Now Showing

New this weekend in theaters is the sci-fi fantasy film “Kin.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is the horror film “Hereditary,” the adventure film “Adrift” and the Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

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