Things can get maddening when there are tons of people around with little to do. So get out of the house with everyone, from kids to grandparents, and hit up Dover Downs Hotel & Casino's Chocolate Festival, Delaware Hospice's Festival of Trees or Second Street Players' version of "Seussical."


Things can get maddening when there are tons of people around with little to do. So get out of the house with everyone, from kids to grandparents, and hit up one or all of these three events.

Festival of Trees
WHAT Festival of Trees by Delaware Hospice
WHEN 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28
WHERE Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
ADMISSION Free
MORE INFO Visit www.delawarehospice.org
The annual fundraiser supports programs by Delaware Hospice and kicks off the holiday season. This is shoppers’ chance to get ideas for their own trees or purchase a pre-decorated tree or wreath. The trees and wreaths are sponsored by businesses, groups and individuals and are then decorated by artisans and volunteers. The Festival of Trees and Chocolate Festival overlap on Friday and Saturday, so consider taking in both in one day.
Not sure the kids will be into it? Take them to family fun night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving. Santa will be there to visit with little ones, and there will be crafts, games and snacks as well. Admission is $5.
Those looking for a more adult way to support Delaware Hospice can go to the Night of Lights cocktail reception from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The Honeycombs will play the party, which also features a silent auction of holiday-related items and collectibles, heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Admission is $30, $50 per couple.

Chocolate Festival
WHAT Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Annual Chocolate Festival
WHEN 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 27
WHERE Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Rollins Center
ADMISSION $5, free for children younger than 18
MORE INFO Visit www.doverdowns.com
The chocolate festival is a chance to get out and try something delicious. This year it’s also your chance to see a 21-foot tree made of Oreo cookies. Kraft Foods took two days to assemble the tree by first painting the structure with melted chocolate, then gluing Oreos to the base with melted Swiss chocolate. Final touches such as lights and ornaments – some edible – were added after every cookie was in place.
Santa will visit the festival to take pictures with kids, who can then get a look at the gingerbread village and watch the Delaware Ballet perform an excerpt from “The Nutcracker.” Performances by instrumental and choral groups will entertain guests while they watch ice carving contest, pick up cooking tips, and satisfy their sweet tooth with the candy and chocolate exhibitors.

“Seussical: The Musical”
WHAT “Seussical: The Musical” by Second Street Players
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, and Dec. 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27; 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, and Dec. 5; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.
WHERE Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford
ADMISSION $20
MORE INFO Call 422-0220, email ssptickets@verizon.net or visit www.secondstreetplayers.com
The Second Street Players will bring the works of Dr. Seuss to life over the next two weekends as they kick off their 2010-11 season with “Seussical: The Musical.”
“It’s just so much fun,” Director John Moller said. “You get to tap into all these stories that you remember from childhood.
The show draws on more than a dozen of Dr. Seuss’ books, but the biggest pieces are “The Cat In The Hat” and the two “Horton” books, about a kind-hearted elephant who first decides to hatch an egg for a mother bird, and then discovers and protects a city of tiny Whos living on a speck of dust. Horton’s stories come to life in the bedroom of a girl named Jojo, played by Devin Petka.
“We decided that instead of taking her through all the stories, we’d have the stories come to her,” Moller said. “A jungle grows out of the laundry on her floor, there’s fish flying through the air, the big top tent from the Circus McGurkus drops from the ceiling. It’s going to be something to see.”
As the play continues, Jojo and Horton go from story to story to defend the Whos and his egg, running into characters from “Yertle the Turtle,” “Gertrude McFuzz,” and many other Seuss stories along the way.
—David LaRoss, staff writer for the Milford Beacon