June First Friday
The Downtown Dover Partnership continues to partner with shop owners, musicians, artists, the Dover Public Library, and Dover Art League to provide fun for all ages this Friday, and the first Friday of each month through December.
Jazz-inspired keyboardist and studio artist, Cody Munzert, along with several friends on percussion and vocals are the featured band this week. “Pre-pandemic I was performing upwards of 200 live shows each year, regionally and nationally. Since March of 2020, it has dropped to a sad dozen. If everyone is as excited to get out as I am, we’re going to have a lot of fun this Friday night in downtown Dover!” said Cody, whose brother Shane Munzert will be on drums, along with mom Stefanie Griffin and friend Connor Graham singing with the duo. “Much of my musical background started in Musical Theatre, which is certainly where my thirst for Jazz and progressive musical genres were born. Surprisingly, I was more interested in becoming a drummer around the age of 12, though as I got older, I fell in love with the piano,” said Munzert. The group will be playing outside of 136 W. Loockerman, near Loockerman Way Plaza, and musical buskers will be around town playing at shops.
Artist Dennis Young will demonstrate pastel painting at the intersection of Loockerman Street and S. Bradford on Friday evening. Dennis explains that he “paints in oils and also pastels with subject matter ranging between local and distant cityscapes and landscapes and paintings of portraits and the figure.” As he is known to do, Dennis will be in costume this Friday, painting in pirate attire!
Children of all ages are invited also don some pirate attire, wearing from their collection or stopping by the House of Coffi or the Dover Art League to pick up some pirate-themed memorabilia. Those who show their “pirate style” to participating merchants can pick up some “bounty” inside shops – in the way of chocolate coins and colorful gem candy. The Dover Art League will now be open regularly during First Friday events, and will have a pirate craft for younger children. Stop by and sign up for information on the rebirth of the Dover Art League.
As with last month’s activities, several of the newer eateries on Loockerman Street will have foods available for sample and purchase from 5-8 p.m. including Rebel Cove at 33 West Loockerman, Pineapple Kale with smoothies, and Coney Island Hot Dog and hamburger shop. Everyone is encouraged to continue to visit their favorite restaurants and eateries now that COVID restrictions have lifted more fully.
The Dover Public Library is excited to be offering their Summer Reading Program again this summer, starting June 12 and running through August 14. This year’s theme is Tails and Tales, with a focus on animals. Local businesses such as the Biggs Museum and the House of Coffi are teaming up with the Library to offer programs and experiences in hopes that the partnerships will promote summer reading, get the community involved, and support local businesses. More information about these programs, and more, can be found on the Library's website at doverpubliclibrary.org or by calling the library at 302- 736-7030. The Library will also have a table set up during First Friday with information about Summer Reading and pirate handouts for kids.
This month’s musical buskers include: Program subject to change.
Rick Hudson - Singer/Songwriter on guitar and harmonica with a focus on blues, old time country and contemporary pieces. The Delaware Store/Parke Green Gallery
Kathy Doyle, Stu Welch and Jim on Bass - Performing blues on upright bass, harmonica and ukulele. House of Coffi
Mike Miller - Performing on acoustic guitar, playing Americana themed pieces. My Roots
Mollie Raley Hall - Singer/Songwriter on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, an eclectic mix of mostly folk and pop. Tina’s Timeless Threads
Ty & SkyyZ - Live band performing RnB, Neo Soul, Pop, and original music. Comb DE at 154 W. State Street Alley
To “unlock value downtown,” shoppers should remember to bring or request their Capital Key card for promotions at their favorite stores by visiting: “https://Tinyurl.com/CapitalKeyRegistration”. Keys may also be picked up at participating shops, a list of which may be found at “https://Tinyurl.com/CapitalKey”.
All First Friday activities will take place rain or shine, and participants are asked to support social distancing and observe COVID-precautionary practices per state of Delaware guidelines.