Town of Bethany Beach to host annual Périers Day celebration

On Saturday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division on July 27, 1944. The liberation came almost two months after the D-Day landing on Utah Beach. The twinning or “sister city” relationship between the two towns was established in 2010. Each year, the Town’s Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee sponsors entertainment that focuses on either the American or French aspect of the commemoration. This year, both will be featured over two days.

On Saturday, the Delmarvalous Dolls will debut music from World War II in tribute to the Andrews Sisters. Three jazz singers — Pam Miller, Rhonda Apple and Susan A. Rodgers — will perform dance music from the Glenn Miller era. The trio will be accompanied by Dave Gladding on drums, Jim Miller on trumpet, Rob Barbarita on sax and David Zipse on the piano.

On Sunday, July 28, the focus turns to the French, with a mix of Creole zydeco, Cajun two-step, and vintage Louisiana rock-and-roll performed by Philly-based band Zydeco-A-Go-Go.

Both programs will take place on the bandstand at 7:30 p.m.