Welcome to April everyone, and what's often the most challenging month of the year in terms of dealing with Mother Nature.

Will it be warm? Will it be cold? Will it rain? Could it possibly even snow?

As with most Aprils on the Delmarva Peninsula, the answers change from day to day. But the good news is that the arrival of April signifies that the warm weather season is nearly upon us, and that means the coastal region is once again coming to life.

And the Oldfather Group's regularly scheduled "Weekender Blog" will be here all the way through early December, giving you everything you need to know for making the most of your weekends here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

As always, we have some great options for you to consider this weekend. We're going to tell you all about them below, but first here's the Oldfather Group's Dominick Scott and Dustin Oldfather with a video preview.


REMINDER: be sure to check out the interactive map at the end of this blog entry to learn more about this weekend's featured events.

Okay, without further delay, here are our choices for fun and exciting things to do in the coastal region during the weekend of April 6-8 (with an added event planned for early next week):

Lewes Tulip Celebration (April 6-15). More than 15,000 tulips are currently blooming around Lewes, in parks, at museums and at many other public locations. 

The volunteer group “Lewes in Bloom” has been hard at work making the town as beautiful as possible for this 10-day celebration of the tulip. Throughout the festival, there will be several events offered by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and its partners, including trolley tours, a celebration of the town’s Dutch heritage, the "Lewes TWO-Lips Culinary Week" festivities and much more. 

Visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce's website for more information on this early spring event at the Delaware beaches.

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Delaware Resorts Home Expo (April 7-8). Cape Henlopen High School is the location for this 21st annual event, which typically draws 2,000 or more visitors to coastal Delaware over two days.

Scheduled hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, with real estate agents, developers, builders, mortgage loan officers and service companies all scheduled to attend.

The event is free for the public and all participants can sign up for free gifts and prize giveaways.

Call Kathy Benson at 302-236-0857 for more information on this two-day coastal Delaware event.

Lantern Tour of the Indian River Lifesaving Station (April 7). Take advantage of a special opportunity this spring to view the historic Indian River Lifesaving Station via a memorable lantern tour. These tours are held throughout the year, but this first one of the season is being held prior to Memorial Day Weekend, and before summertime crowds arrive.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the 1876 structure and then venture out onto the beach to hear special stories of the station through the years. 

Call 302-227-6991 for more information.

Ocean City Bridal Show (April 8). If you're planning on getting married anytime soon, then this fun event in nearby Ocean City is one you may want to have on your calendar.

Held at Seacrets, located at 49th Street Bayside, vendors are expected in several areas, including food, entertainment, formal wear for men and, of course, wedding dresses.

Vendors will be giving away several prizes and gifts during the event, including a Caribbean Cruise, so be sure to register for your chance at the big prize.

This event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m., and costs $10. For more information call 410-289-7699 or visit www.roxbeach.com.

Carnevale/Italian Street Fair (April 10). This event doesn't fall on the weekend, but we're including it here anyway as it promises to be a great time in Rehoboth Beach.

Planned for 6 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, April10, at Touch of Italy in the "Nation's Summer Capital," the event includes both a Carnevale and an Italian Street Fair. Several activities are planned for the evening, including unlimited Italian cuisine, Italian wines, silent and live auctions, music and much more.

This event costs $150 and is a fundraiser for the Touch of Italy/RehobothFoodie.com Culinary Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition for students in the culinary field.

For more information, call 302-212-0171 or visit www.touchofitaly.com/carnevale.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here in the coastal region.

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

Have a great weekend everyone!