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September First Friday

It’s “Back to School” at First Friday

(Dover, DE) .  Food, activities, and music for the family are what makes First Friday an enjoyable evening for the whole family!  Mother’s Highway Junction Band will be featured at Loockerman Way Plaza amidst a fun and colorful “back to school” theme on September 3 in downtown Dover.  And in appreciation for our local school staff and the work they perform on a daily basis, school staffers in any position are invited to show their ID at the Capital City Farmers Market and receive a “School Staff Appreciation Voucher” to use for food or product at the market on Friday, beginning at 4 p.m.

“Kids will be able to paint with chalk and even enjoy a colorful sidewalk obstacle course made of chalk,” said Rosie Mujica of Dover Public Library Youth Services, explaining that “these courses are imaginative, playful, and directional kinds of paths that include things like jumping, spinning, hopscotch or other maneuvers.”  See https://tinyurl.com/sidewalkobstaclecourse to learn more about the courses.

Mother’s Highway Junction Band, featuring Mike Miller, John Kidd, and Bob Hamel, will play throughout the evening. Miller, guitarist, singer and songwriter, explains, “My music has been influenced by J.J. Cale, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Garcia and Hunter, and roots blues and folk genres, yet we most enjoy playing our original songs or taking a known tune and re-arranging it into a unique musical experience.”  The band began some time ago as a substitute for a performer who cancelled a gig at a high-profile site.  The set went well, and the band members quickly realized that they had a unique sound, committed players, and their own songs.  Miller, a regular busker at First Friday events, commented, “What I enjoy most about playing on First Fridays is visiting with so many different people, and providing music to help create a positive and fun community experience.”

Additional First Friday musician buskers and their locations include:

Delaware Shoppe/Park Green Gallery - Kathy Doyle, Stu Welch and Jim on Bass performing blues  on upright bass, harmonica and ukulele.

Grey Fox Grille & Public House – Darren O’Neill playing on the patio from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 

House of Coffi - Singers/Songwriters, Rick and Tish Schuman on acoustic guitar and drums with a focus on late 1960’s/early 1970’s and original pieces.  Enjoy ambient background restaurant sounds.

My Roots - Singer/Songwriter, Rick Hudson on guitar and harmonica with a focus on blues, old time country and contemporary pieces.

Tina's Timeless Threads - Singer/Songwriter Mollie Raley Hall on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, performing an eclectic mix of mostly folk and pop. 

Zuha Trends - Saxophonist , Clay Jackson playing big sounds of jazz, R & B, and Gospel with backing tracks.

Members of the community are asked to support Caring Hearts and Helping Hands by bringing yellow highlighters, pencils, and boxes of tissues to support the back-to-school needs. These supplies can be dropped off in front of the Cendel Building at 101 W. Loockerman Street from 5-8 p.m. where a Caring Hearts and Helping Hands representative can provide more information about the non-profit organization. Visit: https://chhhde.org/

A mobile parklet will again be featured near Rebel Cove restaurant.  Mobile parklets are small seating areas, often with green space, and are created as a public amenity on or alongside a sidewalk. Helen Wiley, Public Outreach Manager for the Kent Dover MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization), invites members of the community to come enjoy this kind of temporary outdoor “placemaking” activity whose features change over time.  This month the parklet will have seating, plants, lighting and a board game set up for some fun.

Other First Friday activities for the family will include:

  • Crafts for kids at the Dover Art League (26 W. Loockerman St.)
  • Oversized games for all ages, and activities for small children, at the intersection of S. Bradford and Loockerman Streets.
  • A fire truck and Dover Fire Department (DFD) members who will show firefighting uniforms and chat with community members about what it takes to become a fire fighter.
  • Artist Edward Lewandowski will be painting outdoors on Loockerman Street.

The Downtown Dover Partnership will have a table at the intersection of S. Bradford and Loockerman Street. Pick up specially priced Dover Strong tee shirts, a Capital Key to “unlock value shopping downtown”, and to learn more about the activities taking place between 5 and 8 p.m.  Shoppers should remember to bring or request their Capital Key card for downtown promotions from a Downtown Dover Ambassador, at participating shops, or by visiting: “https://tinyurl.com/DoverCapitalKey”

First Friday typically takes place rain or shine, but if the presence or remnants of storm Ida precludes safe outdoors activity, or in the likelihood of downpours or lightning, the event will be cancelled.  Notification will be posted by 2 p.m. on Friday on Facebook (Downtown Dover) and also at “https://tinyurl.com/DoverFFA full schedule of the Capital City Farmers Market dates of operation may be found at https://tinyurl.com/DoverMarket21

Note: Program is subject to change and exact performance times vary. For more information, call 302-678-2940 or Diane@DowntownDoverPartnership.

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