November First Friday
Birdseed and Peanuts on First Friday
Murals, shopping and music in downtown Dover!
(October 29, 2020) The Downtown Dover Partnership is pleased to present a very exciting First Friday line-up on November 6, with mural dedications, shopping extended until 7 p.m., and live music. The evening will culminate in an unforgettable performance of live Vince Guaraldi jazz and Charlie Brown Christmas tunes performed by the regionally acclaimed Cartoon Christmas Trio at downtown Dover's historic Schwartz Center. The local four-piece band, The Fig Tree, will bring their lively jazz fusion style combining holiday and rear-round classics.
The evening will begin at 4 p.m. with Mayor Christiansen and the DDP Design Committee dedicating the Backyard Birds mural at the rear of the Mitten and Winters CPAs (at the Minor Street 19904 parking lot.) The dedication will be followed by a short walk to the second mural, a very colorful post card of historic Dover on the side of the Loockerman Street Family Dollar. These murals were painted by community members under the direction of the DDP Design Committee and Wesley College Art Professor Joshua Nobiling. The mural project was funded by the Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund through the Division of Small Business. R.S.V.P requested but not required: https://Tinyurl.com/DoverMurals
At 6:45 p.m. doors will open to the Schwartz Center, a venue that has been closed for several years except for occasional performances. The DDP partnered with Delaware State University to open up the beautifully renovated historic theater for the First Friday show to kick off the holiday season with this exciting event designed for a diverse audience of all ages. Theatergoers will be especially delighted to hear “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” song by baritone soloist Grant Youngblood during the performance.
The Cartoon Christmas Trio celebrates 25 years as the original interpreter of classic holiday cartoon jazz! The trio was started in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson for the sole purpose of playing music from classic Christmas cartoons, especially the music of Vince Guaraldi, the composer of the "Peanuts" soundtracks. Pianist Jeff Knoettner and drummer Jimmy Coleman, round out the trio. Since its inception, the trio has played hundreds of shows including live appearances on NBC, ABC, Fox, and NPR. The trio was also honored to perform in Philadelphia’s premiere music venue, The Kimmel Center. For more about the Cartoon Christmas Trio, visit: https://www.cartoonchristmastrio.com/home
Shoppers are encouraged to visit participating shops now through 7 p.m. on November 6 and pick up a ticket for a drawing to win a door prize at the Schwartz Center show on First Friday. Tickets are $12 per adult, with children 12 and under free, and are available while supplies last: https://Tinyurl.com/DoverChristmasTrio.
Volunteers receive free entry to the entire Cartoon Christmas Trio performance and must sign up: Https://Tinyurl.com/DoverChristmasTrioVolunteer
First Friday activities are subject to COVID restrictions and policies as enacted through Executive Orders issued by Delaware Governor Carney, some of which may take place beyond the date of this publication. Those that register will receive a refund.
Musical programming 5-7 p.m. includes:
- Singer/Guitarist Mike Miller at Forney's Too
- Keyboardist Samuel Mace and singer Rashawn King playing acoustic/jazz at House of Coffi
- Singer/Guitarist Rick Hudson at The Delaware Store and Parke Green Galleries
- Bluegrass fiddler Nate Grower playing bluegrass fiddle at SoZo
- Grady O’Connor, saxophonist, player playing jazz music along with a backing track at My Roots
Program is subject to change.
This event has been produced by the Downtown Dover Partnership/Main Street Dover in concert with downtown Dover First Friday activities and Delaware State University First Friday activities are supported by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.