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July First Friday


June 28, 2019

Diane Laird

Executive Director

Downtown Dover Partnership

(302) 678-2940 (o)     

(302) 540-2407 (c) 

Join the Sketch Crawl in Downtown Dover

Urban Sketchers of Delaware visit Dover on First Friday

DOVER, DE (June 28, 2019)  Become an “urban sketcher” in downtown on First Friday, July 5!  No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome, and the activity is free.  Vivienne Cameron, certified art teacher, art therapy life coach, and one of the administrators of Urban Sketchers Delaware, will lead the activity.

Vivienne will talk about urban sketching, show materials and samples, and then participants will take to the streets for a mini “sketch crawl” to sketch with pencil, marker, paint, or any medium they choose.  Ms. Cameron will provide additional instruction and tips to those with limited experience, and then they too will join in drawing outdoors. At the end of the crawl the work will be displayed and photographed. The entire activity will be approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.  The Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) is providing this visual Arts Alive at Five! sketching activity in preparation for an October “plein air” (outdoor) painting event.  For details about the Urban Sketching workshop and crawl, and to pre-register on or call 302-678-2940.

Many exciting outdoor activities are also programmed for July’s First Friday by DDP partner organization Destination Downtown Dover (D-3).  “June First Friday was awesome.  Loockerman Street was packed, there were people dancing, drinking, and dining.  I am really excited for July,”  said D-3 Chairman of the Board, Todd Stonesifer. Joey Fulkerson and Group Therapy will be live on-stage, and craft beverages, food trucks and vendors will be on-hand from 5-9 p.m. on Loockerman Street. Other activities include artist Jim Rehak and Bob Frazier & Friends on ukulele at The Delaware Store & Parke Green Galleries; and Todd Stonesifer performing on acoustic guitar and harmonica at House of Coffi, also where Dover author and this year’s Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow in Fiction Don Foster will read from his collection of stories.

Most activities will take place rain or shine.


Merchants will be open and a portion of sales from 5-8 p.m. will go to the Veteran’s Trust Fund of Delaware through the DDP’s First Friday Gives Back program.  Last month, $501.50 was donated by merchants and Destination Downtown Dover to Caring Hearts Helping Hands, Inc.  For a list of participating merchants, visit


The Dover Public Library In Harmony Concert Series will feature an evening of blues with The Blues Reincarnation Project, a blues-rock, British blues, and new age blues influenced band. Combining guitar, bass and drums, they "just play whatever, with a hint of Blues…with the goal of bringing the blues back to the younger generation.” For more information about the group, visit This concert will be held outdoors at Loockerman Way Plaza and attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or a blanket. In case of poor weather, the concert will be held at the library.


Downtown Dover First Fridays 2019 will be held year-round rain or shine.  Visit Destination Downtown Dover on Facebook for updates. Programming is being provided jointly by the Downtown Dover Partnership and Destination Downtown Dover, along with 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.


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 provided 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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