Town of Fenwick Island

A Message From The Mayor

The Holiday Season Is “Shore” To Create Memories!

As far back as I can remember, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays have always meant connecting with family and friends. I expect that remains true for most people, whether you live here full or part-time. We are grateful that the Covid-forced isolation of the previous months is no longer keeping us apart.  Although beach and water activities are limited by cold sand and uncertain weather, Fenwick is part of a larger coastal community that offers many happy experiences you can share with your loved ones during the holidays. 

On December 4th from 6 to 9 pm, the Town is hosting a Tree Lighting ceremony followed by a BYOB/ shared snacks reception in the Town Hall.   Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns to light up the park while caroling by the gazebo.  Afterwards everyone can look forward to greeting neighbors as they warm up in the Town Hall.   On January 1st, the Fenwick Beach Committee has organized the Annual Fenwick Freeze at the Bayard Street beach end where brave swimmers can greet the New Year by plunging into the Atlantic.  For those who just want to watch the craziness and/or stay warm, plan to enjoy hot chocolate by the bonfire.  But bring cameras to capture expressions of shock mixed with laughter! Applications for the event are available at the Town Hall or here.

And don’t forget that Ocean City is once again setting up its amazing Winterfest of Lights display at the North Side Park. In addition many churches, including Fenwick’s St. Matthews By the Sea, have planned choral programs to celebrate the season.  St. Matthew’s Christmas Singalong is scheduled for Sunday, December 12th at the 8:30 and 10:45 morning services. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will begin at 7 pm. From January 28th to the 30th, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Fire and Ice Festival, a weeklong event that features ice sculptures and the local business community.

While many stores have closed until next summer, some local businesses remain open offering one-of-a-kind gifts that reflect the uniqueness of the coast. Highly recommended is Fisher’s Popcorn, which comes in delicious flavors and decorated tins that are guaranteed to produce happy smiles from everyone. Still looking for more ideas? Check out the free Coastal Point and Ocean City Dispatch newspapers for restaurant and store specials as well as other community events.

This webpage has been set up to provide additional useful information about town meetings, beach activities, and weather conditions.  Available 24/7, the Fenwick Island Police Department can be reached by calling 302-539-2000. Town officials can be contacted during the work week at 302-539-3011. 

For further questions or concerns, please email or leave a message at Town Hall via the 302-539-3011 number.

Savor the Holiday Joy!

Vicki Carmean, Mayor

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