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December First Friday


It's a Gingerbread Holiday on First Friday


DOVER, DE (December 2, 2019) It's the best time of the year!  Children and adults alike will see gingerbread, candy canes, and delightful window displays, and hear the traditional holiday sounds of bell ringers, saxophones, and singers this Friday from 5-8 p.m, rain or shine! Santa will visit shops from 4:30 - 6pm.

Activities will include a gingerbread cookie scavenger hunt for kids, holiday music inside and outdoors, and a caroling style sing-along in front of downtown shops with accompaniment by Rob Young, Esq., on acoustic guitar.  Children are invited to find the 12” gingerbread cookies in each of ten stores, take a selfie with the cookie then collect their treat inside the Dover Art League (DAL), where Wesley College musicians Ryan Schumacher, Becky Herrera and Samuel Mac will play holiday tunes live.  Volunteers Bob and Linda Vogt will oversee children’s crafts and snacks for all ages. Registration is requested for these activities:

Stroll the streets, do some shopping, and cast your vote for your favorite merchant window décor in the holiday “Light Up!” decorating contest.  Merchants will be open late, offering snacks and treats, and holiday specials too. Shoppers should remember to bring their Shop Downtown Dover "passport" for savings into downtown shops.  This new promotional “passport”, available at participating stores during First Friday activities, invites shoppers to visit a broad array of downtown merchants and take advantage of all kinds of savings, just in time for holiday shopping.  Those that would like a passport may also contact the Downtown Dover Partnership at 302-678-2940.

First Friday Gives Back will benefit the Central Delaware Housing Collaborative’s (CDHC) women’s shelter this month. Merchants will donate a portion of sales and a gingerbread house will be auctioned at the DAL, with proceeds going to CDHC. For a list of participating merchants, visit

For the scavenger hunt, look for gingerbread cookies in these shops:

· Bel Boutique
· Forney’s Too
· House of Coffi
· La Baguette
· My Roots
· Suds ‘n Company
· The Delaware Store
· The Loocke
· Tina’s Timeless Threads
· Zuha Trend

Other activities include:

Dover Public Library - In Harmony Concert Series: Kara Dahl Russell presenting “The Mystery of Christmas.” With a musical emphasis on mystery and miracle, the music of this program follows the biblical story of the birth of Christ, told in short verses from the King James Bible to move us on the journey. The varied musical selections evoke the middle-eastern location, the Jewish heritage of the biblical characters, historical realism of living the story, and the emotional journey of the people. With a few songs and selections played on lever harp and pedal harp, the audience will also join in on a few sing-along carols.

Forney’s Too - Local author Kathy Doyle and local artist Marsha Holler for a signing of their book, Blues River. From 5 - 7.

House of Coffi – Saxophonist Wesley Melvin on Tenor Sax, with Holiday Jazz!

My Roots - Jeannine Daniel, book signing: Not A Soul Drank Water.

The Grey Fox Grille – Featuring live music by Brian McDaniel, with a touch of blues and a touch of jazz.  DJ beginning at 9 p.m.

The Delaware Store and Park Green Gallery featuring Singer/Songwriter Mollie Raley Hall on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, with an eclectic mix of folk and pop holiday themed songs. 

The Loocke – Featuring Grady O’Connor, a local high school student saxophone player playing holiday jazz accompanied by his backing track.

The Downtown Dover Partnership seeks vocal and instrumental musicians, as well as visual, culinary and performing artists for First Friday activities, and is programming now for calendar year 2020.  To learn more, visit: Buskers are also encouraged to perform outdoors, voluntarily with a tip jar, and can learn more and sign up at: Or call 302-678-2940 for details.

About the Downtown Dover Partnership:

First Friday programming is provided by the Downtown Dover Partnership, who is committed to driving an improved quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dover, Delaware, through collective collaboration, economic development and promotion of downtown Dover’s unique historic properties.  Visit: or call 302-678-2940 for information.

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