July First Friday
Caricature Artist Jim Rehak Returns to Dover on First Friday
Shopping, buskers, and window contest downtown!
DOVER, DE (June 30, 2020) Despite traditional Fourth of July events are unable to take place this year, the Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) will offer a low-key alternative with varied arts and music programming, a merchant window decorating contest, and a caricature artist offering free-of-charge images. Glow sticks, lighted bracelets and other seasonal goodies for kids of all ages will be available at 101 W. Loockerman Street and the event will take place rain or shine this Friday from 4-7 p.m. on Loockerman and adjacent Streets. Businesses are excited to welcome shoppers into their refreshed shops, including Tina Hudson-Beamer of Tina’s Timeless Threads who has added new vintage props and opened up the interior space by removing a wall that now brings “borrowed” natural light.
Keep an eye out for buskers playing music outside of several shops including a saxophonist, a flutist, a keyboardist and several guitar/singer/songwriters, and professional fiddler, Nate Grower, who will join the growing roster of First Friday musicians casually performing in downtown Dover. Get a fun caricature of yourself or the kids as Seaford artist Jim Rehak returns to downtown. Jim is a known artist in the region, with skills in comic book illustration, portrait and caricature art, art directing, teaching and freelance court illustration. He also painted in the DDP’s downtown’s plein air (outdoor) painting event last October. Jim will be set up at SoZo, 123 Loockerman Street from 4-7 p.m. and will provide free quick caricatures on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring along a momento of your favorite hobby, sport or other interest to go into the sketches.
There are two ways the community can continue to support downtown merchants this weekend. First, The DDP Merchants Committee invites you to get your brand new “Capital Key” card and fob to unlock value while shopping in downtown Dover. The program will feature specials and promotions in many downtown shops, not only this weekend but throughout the year, keeping the program “evergreen.” Merchants will offer freebies, come-back coupons, specials on new products, and other values. Pick up your card at participating shops beginning this Friday and at the DDP headquarters at 101 W. Loockerman Street in the Cendel Office building and, for the latest values and promos, visit the DDP website periodically: https://Tinyurl.com/CapitalKey
Shoppers can also support merchants by purchasing a Dover Strong tee shirt or notecards, with special pricing on First Friday and throughout the holiday weekend. Tee shirts will be $15 each and packets of ten Dover Strong notecards at 3 for $20. Proceeds benefit downtown Dover merchants. These items can be purchased at 101 W. Loockerman Street Suite 1-A on First Friday from 10 in the morning to 7 p.m. or by visiting https://Tinyurl.com/DoverStrongMerchants
Keeping downtown colorfully decorated is important to merchants and community members are encouraged to vote for their favorite decorated store window displaying the Summertime in America! Theme. To vote, visit: https://Tinyurl.com/DoverWindows from Friday July 3 through July 20.
Below are participating stores, restaurants, and entertainment offerings from 4-7 p.m. with some venues to be open later than 7 p.m.:
BnL Restaurant – Enjoy live music by William Thomas Moore Bentley while enjoying Dom’s fabulous First Friday only burger specials.
Forney’s Too –Singer/Songwriter Rick Hudson on guitar and harmonica with a focus on blues, old time country and contemporary pieces
Grey Fox – Stop in for a fabulous bite to eat, serving at 4 p.m. with table service on the deck and inside while enjoying live music by Darren O'Neill on the deck, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
House of Coffi – Jazz saxophonist Grady O’Connor accompanied by his backing track. Open until 8 p.m.
Maxine's Fashions - Open until 7 p.m.
My Roots –Featuring fiddler Nate Grower. Nate tours internationally with David Bromberg and has mastered the art of bluegrass fiddle with his fiery solos and rhythmic backup. Open until 7 p.m.
Parke Green Galleries – Open until 7 p.m.
Puffster open until 10 p.m.
SoZo - Jim Rehak providing quick, fun caricatures on a first-come, first-served basis alongside flutist Tyasia Cannon performing. 4 – 7 p.m.
That Ish Boutique – Open until 7 p.m.
Tina's Timeless Threads – Keyboardist Samuel Mace performing. Open until 8 p.m.
Zuha Trends – Open until 7 p.m.
All venues are supporting social distancing requirements and masks must be worn according to state requirements. This program is subject to last minute changes in performers and venues.
Funding for First Friday is being provided by the Downtown Dover Partnership with portions of the program provided by a generous grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.