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October First Friday

Oct. 1, 2019
Contact: Diane Laird
Executive Director
Downtown Dover Partnership
(302) 678-2940 (o)
(302) 540-2407 (c)

                                                           Arts Alive at Five on First Friday!

DOVER, DE (October 1, 2019)  It’s not just “business as usual” as downtown prepares for an outstanding array of visual and performing arts on First Friday, October 4.  Wet Bandits and Reunion will take the stages to perform live, as Loockerman Street closes to vehicular traffic from 3-9 p.m. and activities begin at 4:30.  Food trucks and lots of vendors will fill the streets.  “We are excited to continue the energy from last weekend’s OktDoverFest event,” said Cameron Llewellyn of Destination Downtown Dover. An estimated 10,000 people attended the signature street party through the course of the day. OktDoverFest drew people from as far as 200 miles away to enjoy live music, craft beverages, and great food.

Many downtown merchants will be open late and are getting in on the action by preparing shop windows reflecting the theme of “arts and harvest” to welcome more than 25 artists into downtown for the inaugural Paint Dover! outdoor painting event, competition and exhibition.  An estimated 40 or more paintings of Loockerman, State and nearby streets, as well as The Green, completed during the day on Friday will be on display and for sale on Loockerman Way Plaza at 126 Loockerman Way from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Artwork is being judged by artist, Dennis Young of New Castle, and by sponsors including PAM Rehabilitation of Dover and Mayor Christiansen.  The public is also invited to vote for People’s Choice from 4:30-6. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m., when the mayor will also announce winner of the downtown merchant window decorating contest. Keyboardist Joe Connor of JMC Production will provide lively jazz in the plaza. These arts and music activities will take place rain or shine.  

The public can also see artists at work throughout the day by participating in Go Pink! (And Go Healthy!): A self-guided walking tour of downtown for Health & Pleasure which will begin at the Bayhealth Women’s Center, 540 S. Governor’s Avenue at 11 a.m.  The event is sponsored by Bayhealth & Restoring Central Dover. For information, contact Fran Riddle at

Through the charitable giving program, First Friday Give’s Back, participating merchants will be open late and a portion of sales from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday will go to the Dover Fire Department (DFD) in honor of National Fire Prevention month.  The Dover Fire Department provides fire protection and rescue services to the City of Dover and its Kent County neighbors through mutual aide. The Department is 100% volunteer, the only remaining State capital to be protected by a volunteer fire department.  For a list of participating merchants, visit

 Indoor evening activities, taking place rain or shine, will include:

Biggs Museum of American Art – Exhibits continue with Rebecca Raubacher: Drawings & Paintings and Biggs Body: A Juried Competition of Figural Art.  Visit: or call 302-674-2111 for information.

 Dover Public Library - The In Harmony Concert Series will feature the three-piece acoustic jam band Stone Jack Ballers (SJB), Delaware’s premier Jam Band that improvises classic rock songs and turns them into something new, yet recognizable. The band features the talents of local musicians Brian McDaniel on guitar and vocals, Geoff Frazier on percussion and backing vocals, “Mac” McIntyre on saxophone and the occasional guest or two to keep everyone on their musical toes. 

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room A, Multi-Purpose Room B

Delaware Store and Park Greene Gallery - Live music by Mollie Raley Hall, singer/songwriter on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, providing an eclectic mix of mostly folk and pop; and singer/songwriter Leilani Wall playing everything from quiet ballads and classic rock to table-thumping Irish drinking songs.

Grey Fox Grille and Public House – Live music by keyboardist Darin O’Neil playing acoustic pop music from the 90’s, as well as a DJ beginning at 9 p.m.

 House of Coffi - Live music by Mike Miller on acoustic guitar playing Americana-themed pieces. 

 Loockerman Way Plaza  - Keyboardist Joe Connor of JMC Productions providing lively jazz in the plaza.

Simaron Steak Shop - Featuring live music by Earl Reed, (fix spacing) acoustic guitarist/singer with a low-key, relaxing blend of classic rock & pop.

Tina’s Timeless Threads – Dendarah Nar belly dance troupe at 111 W. Loockerman St. from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In the unlikely event of poor weather, art and related activities will be moved to the Dover Art League at 21 W. Loockerman Street. Live music and dance inside shops, as well as 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. In addition, portions of the program were provided by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Paint Dover! is part of the 2019 Big Draw Festival Delaware presented by the Mispillion Art League.



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

Portions of the program were funded by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events at


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