Saturday is supposed to be gorgeous and sunny, so head downtown for events ranging from historical tours to art exhibits to educational talks.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a variety of First Saturday activities at the First State Heritage Park on April 3. Begin with a tour of the Governor’s residence at Woodburn and Hall House, learn why Delaware has such a strange shape at the Old State House, or enjoy a tribute to the music of Duke Ellington at the Johnson Victrola Museum.
Admission to all sites and activities is free. Free parking is available at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York St.
For more information about The First State Heritage Park programs, call 739-9194 or visit www.destateparks.com/heritagepark
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Self-guided audio walking tours — Free audio wands are available at the First State Heritage Park Visitor Center at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Duke of York St.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“USS Delaware: An American Battleship” exhibit at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, 121 Duke of York St.
The story of the USS Delaware (1909-1924) is told through objects, photographs and ceremonial silver.
Guided tours of Legislative Hall
Legislative Hall has been the seat of Delaware’s General Assembly, the supreme lawmaking body in the state, since 1933. Tour the House and Senate Chambers and learn about the legislature and Delaware history. Photo ID is required for all adults entering the building.
“What an odd shape you have!” at the Old State House, on The Green
Why does Delaware have an exact arc as its northern boundary? Is the state north or south of the Mason-Dixon Line? What exactly is a Hundred? Learn about the origins of Delaware’s various boundaries. Visitors also may view reproductions of old maps of the First State.
A Tribute to Duke Ellington at the Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St.
Hear the music that inspired Duke Ellington as part of the 111th anniversary celebration of his birth. Learn how Ellington’s unique contributions as an arranger and composer influenced the face of music. A children’s musical activity will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Blue Water/Still Water: American Society of Marine Artists” exhibit at the Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St.
This exhibition brings together more than 100 talented contemporary artists in the marine art field. Quiet shorelines, harbor views, and seascapes are presented in a wide array of mediums — oils, watercolors, pastels, scratchboard, pencil, sculpture and scrimshaw.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tours of the Governor’s House at Woodburn, 151 Kings Highway
Enjoy guided tours of Woodburn, the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, as well as Hall House, the Governor’s guesthouse.
Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution walking tour, starting at Christ Church, the corner of South State and Water streets
From Christ Church to the Old Presbyterian Churchyard, visit the graves of Dover’s Revolutionary War heroes, see where they once lived on The Green, and encounter some of these characters along the way and listen to their stories.
Biggs Kids – Sailors Knots at the Biggs Museum, 406 Federal St.
Kids can make their own rope bracelet while learning why these woven bracelets have been made and worn by mariners for ages. Reservations are required; call 674-2111.