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November First Friday

October 30, 2019

Contact: Diane Laird
Executive Director
Downtown Dover Partnership
(302) 678-2940 (o) 
(302) 540-2407 (c) 


November's First Friday Activities - Inside and Out


DOVER, DE (October 30, 2019) The Downtown Dover Partnership Merchants Committee is excited to launch Shop Downtown Dover on Friday! 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. Decorated and brightly lit shop windows will provide an enjoyable backdrop to the evening, rain or shine this Friday, and People’s Choice winner of the downtown merchant window decorating contest will be announced.


Weather permitting, outdoor activities will take place as well. Bands Fuzzbox Piranha and The Mad Dabbers with be live on stage in the street, all while attendees enjoy the craft and wine beverages, food trucks and vendors from 5-9 p.m. November First Friday will be the last street closure for 2019.


The First Friday Gives Back donation program continues as merchants contribute a portion of sales from 5-8 p.m. to Meals On Wheels Delaware (MOWD). MOWD provides financial resources to meal-delivery programs statewide that offer nutritious meals, independence and a personal connection to homebound seniors. For a list of participating merchants, visit


The Downtown Dover Partnership seeks vocal and instrumental musicians, as well as visual, culinary and performing artists for December’s 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:


Many activities will take place indoors, rain or shine, including:


Biggs Museum -  Opening Reception: Ripped from the Headlines.  Enjoy refreshments while seeing the local Delaware photojournalism exhibition from 5pm - 7pm.  Tickets are required. Call 302-674-2111 for tickets or register online.  Adults: $10; Seniors (60+): $8; Members, active military and children are free.


Dover Art League – Two Event Family Night - Paint your own ceramics workshop from 5-8 p.m., $35 per person, which includes a piece of your choice and all the glazing materials, with no additional fee to fire. Walk-in’s are welcome, though pre-registration is recommended:  And for elementary-aged school children Get your STEM on! will be hosted by students from Wesley College’s Science club which is overseen by STEM President Victoir Cahoon and lab supervisor/adjunct chemistry professor Kris Roeske. STEM, also seen as STEAM, stands for  Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts,) and Mathematics. The Science Club will set up a table for elementary-aged school children and provide simple hands-on science activities and demonstrations


Dover Public LibraryIn Harmony Concert Series features singer-songwriters Steffi and Tim for an evening of jazz, folk and original songs. Steffi Holmes is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is the Director of Music Ministries at the Dover Air Force Base Catholic and Protestant Chapels. Tim is a freelance keyboardist, trombonist, educator, and performer with the music faculty at Wesley College. This dynamic duo is on a mission to “remix timeless beauty into the present through live music.” 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Multi-Purpose Room A, Multi-Purpose Room B


Delaware Store and Park Greene Gallery – Americana-themed live music by Mike Miller on acoustic guitar and, Linda Blaskey, one of Delaware’s most prolific poets, reading at 7 p.m. and signing her books at the gallery.  Light refreshments will be served.


Grey Fox Grille and Public House – Live music by Darin O’Neil on keyboard and acoustic pop music from the 90’s; DJ begins at 9 p.m.


House of Coffi  -  Singer/songwriter Rick Hudson will perform on guitar and harmonica with a focus on blues, old time country and contemporary pieces.


Simaron Steak Shop - Featuring live music by Earl Reed, an easy listening singer/guitarist with an eclectic mix.


Live music inside shops, as well as occasional busking on the sidewalks, will take place despite weather conditions.  Programming is being provided jointly by the Downtown Dover Partnership and Destination Downtown Dover, supported by a generous grant from NCALL/Restoring Central Dover.



About the project partners:


The Downtown Dover Partnership 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:


Destination Downtown Dover energizes the heart of Delaware. Our mission is to make our downtown a place where people want to live, work, shop, eat, drink, and play.  We bring the community together through our high energy, family friendly festivals which generate funds for future downtown economic development and beautification projects.  Visit Destination Downtown Dover on Facebook


Restoring Central Dover is led by NCALL and a steering committee to offer a multitude of strategies for a strong community.  Visit

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