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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 - 79 Bethany to host summer 'funeral' festivities on Labor Day All good things must come to an end, and in Bethany Beach, the end of the summer tourist season is marked by the Jazz Funeral. This year's Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be celebrated on La- bor Day Monday, Sept. 6, with ac- tivities beginning about 5 or 5:30 p.m. The four-piece New Orleans jazz band, the Dixie Cats, will provide the entertainment as Bethany bids a fond farewell to its 1999 summer season. Founded 14 years ago by Moss Wagner, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has become one of the most unusual and memorable events in the small resort. When former town council member Wagner relocated to "friendlier territory" in Cresta Butte, Colo., a group of local en- thusiasts continued the tradition that Wagner started. Wagner's original idea for the Jazz Funeral was to have a party to celebrate the closing of the sea- son in a summer resort town where there is a definite begin- ning and end to the resort season. "From a business standpoint, after Labor Day, you can pack it in un- til next year," said Wagner, who now operates an ice cream busi- ness in Cresta Butte. Although only a few businesses actually close their doors, there is definitely a change in operation as some choose to scale back opera- tions. Two local businessmen who have helped keep Wagner's vision of the Jazz Funeral alive are Art Antal and Ken Cloud The Jazz Funeral chairman for the third year of the post-Wagner era is Art Antal. Antal is a long- time Jazz Funeral enthusiast, ar- cade owner and restaurateur. An- tal shares Wagner's vision that the Jazz Funeral is a fun event. He en- courages people to dress in "ap- propriate attire where comedy is the main theme" for this year's celebration. Cloud's role in the Jazz Funeral is an important one. He is the pas- tor who says the eulogy as Sum- mer 1999 is put to rest on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. The owner of a children's store, Clouds for Kids, and a fashion store, Clouds for Women, Cloud stresses that the event is a celebra- tion. "The Jazz Funeral is a celebra- tion for the residents, the visitors and the businesses," said Cloud, who has been part of the celebra- tion since the idea was conceived by Wagner. A throwback to the Wagner era is the unusual fact that the Jazz Funeral parade route will not he announced in advance, Antal said. But this year's procession will most likely start at the north end of the Bethany Boardwalk about 5:30 p.m., and travel south down the Boardwalk to Garfield Park- way, then west down Garfield Parkway to Pennsylvania Avenue. The funeral, accompanied by the music of the Dixie Cats, then goes back up Garfield Parkway to return to the Boardwalk. The procession is expected to include the headstone carrier/fu- neral leader, Kirk Rankin; the Grim Reaper (Chris Wode); the "Rev. Pastor" Cloud; Batman (Antal) and several other mourn- ers including the widow, the pho- tographer and Mr. Clean, all of whom are longtime Jazz Funeral participants. The group and all their cohorts carry a coffin containing a man- nequin representing the recently departed, Summer 1999, around town for one last trip before head- ing to the final resting place at the Bandstand on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. According to literature from Antal, the 14th annual funeral, Rehoboth 302-227-6700 Long Neck $02-945-8900 "with refreshments, entertainment and reminiscence," starts at 5 p.m. with "The Wake." "The Solemn Procession" fol- lows about 5:30 p.m., and the event ends with 'q'he Receptipn" that takes place about 6 p.m. at the Parkway Restaurant at 114 Garfield Parkway. The Jazz Funeral, "in honor of our departed friend, Summer," is open to all mourners. For more information, call An- tal at 539-5310. Feeling A Little Italian Tonight? "Great Italian Food at Affordable Prices" Appetizer Q Clams Oreganato - Clams stuffed with breadcrumbs and spices with a choice of butter or cocktail sauce ........... 8,50 Entr(e Lobster Tail Stuffed with oreganato served with a choice of pasta and a choice of white or red clams. 22.50 10 oz. Lamb Chops Seed over a bed of fresh vege and a side of pasta. 28.50 Delicious Desserts  Chl!dren's & Regular Menu t1 !iiiiiiiii:iii!ii,:iiii!;i:iii!ii:iii :!Niiiiiii!iii:i] Treat.yoursetf to a relaxing momen t Victor, a's,  illpdilllel ... with the th0e r i ng mellow sounds of .. frotrl roomp Bernard Sweetney Tuesday & Wednesday Please join us for C Evenings at 6:30 PM C : t Breakfast, Eunch, or Dinner Daily Afternoon Tea (Monday- Saturday, 3"5p.m.) . C 227-o615 BOARDWALK tl Olive Avenue & Boardwalk   - 3 Rehoboth Beat, h, DE 190071  ,, Credit Cards Accepted Plenty of Free Parking Hours: Open Daily 4 p.m. Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach, DE (302) 644-9005