Here are the local events — including a schedule for First Night Dover — that will help locals celebrate New Year's Eve.


Downtown Dover will be buzzing with its annual family-friendly event First Night Dover starting at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, and running into the start of 2011.

Along with magicians, the ever-popular bubble wrap dance, and mask decorating, this year’s festivities include a Michael Jackson impersonator, family-friendly comedians and, of course, two sets of fireworks — one for those who opt to head in early, and one for the night owls.

The schedule is as follows:

3 p.m.

Delaware authors’ book signings and stories, lantern project — 3 to 6 p.m., Dover Public Library Make a basket with the Delaware Basket Makers Association, Read Aloud Delaware — 3 to 6 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Dover, Basement Walk through a children’s book presented by St. Anne’s — 3 to 11 p.m., People’s Church of Dover, Basement Wondergy Cool Science and Laser Show — 3 to 3:45 p.m., People’s Church of Dover, Gym; also from 5 to 5:45, 7 to 7:45, 9 to 9:45 and 10:30 to 11:15 p.m. New Year’s Resolution Project from Pace — 3 to 11 p.m., Schwartz Center for the Arts Bubble wrap dance and corn hole game — 3 to 11 p.m., State Street near the Schwartz Center Free party favors — 3 p.m. until gone, City Hall Create a mask — 3 to 8 p.m., Dover Art League Make a magic wand — 3 to 6 p.m., Xanadavé Gallery Create a postcard for a soldier with the Little School at Kids Cottage — 3 to 6 p.m., McNinch Hall Delaware Ballet — 3 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 4:30 p.m., 5 to 5:40 p.m., Citizens Bank Face Painting by Jewellzee — 3 to 8 p.m., Citizens Bank Children’s face painting, Pace resolution board — 3 to 6 p.m., Friends of Old Dover Children’s craft fit for a prince or princess — 3 to 6 p.m., Biggs Museum of American Art Children’s Theatre storybook character meet and greet — 3 to 6 p.m., Reith Hall Bean bag toss, foosball table, wish chairs, face in a painting — 3 to 11 p.m., throughout downtown

4 p.m.

Scott Sullivan magic, balloon twister— 4 to 6 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Education center Pat Cashion Circus Clown Show — 4 to 4:30 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Grace Fellowship Hall Rosman Comedy Troupe — 4 to 4:30 p.m., Schwartz Center, Main Stage

5 p.m.

Kohl and Company — 5, 7:30 to 8, 10 to 10:30 p.m., Schwartz Center, Main Stage

6 p.m.

Opening ceremony and fireworks — 6 p.m., Legislative Mall, main stage

6:30 p.m.

Pat Cashion Circus Clown Show — 6:30 to 7, 8:30 to 9, 11:15 to 11:45 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Grace Fellowship Hall St. Veronica’s Youth Steel Orchestra — 6:30 to 7, 8 to 8:30, 9:30 to 10, 10:45 to 11:15 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Dover Sanctuary Angie Jordan’s live digital caricature — 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Schwartz Center, Ballroom

6:45 p.m.

Aerial Majesty Arts Acrobatics — 6:45 to 7:15, 8:30 to 9, 11:15 to 11:45 p.m., Schwartz Center, Main Stage Square dancers — 6:45 to 7:15, 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., Delaware Public Archives

7 p.m.

Mentalist Michael Canton — 7 to 7:30, 8:30 to 9, 10 to 10:30, 11 to 11:30 p.m., DNREC Auditorium Simon & Garfunkel tribute — 7 to 7:30, 8 to 8:30, 9 to 9:30, 10:30 to 11 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Grace Sanctuary

7:15 p.m.

Michael Jackson tribute — 7:15 to 7:45, 8:45 to 9:15, 10 to 10:30, 11 to 11:30 p.m., Presbyterian Church of Dover Basement

7:30 p.m.

Rosman Comedy Troupe — 7:30 to 8, 9:30 to 10, 10:30 to 11 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Grace Fellowship Hall Michael Dean Ester stand-up comedy — 7:30 to 8, 9 to 9:30, 9:45 to 10:15, 10:30 to 11 p.m., Delaware Public Archives

8 p.m.

Joe Baione Jazz Trio — 8 to 8:30, 9 to 9:30, 10:30 to 11, 11:15 to 11:45 p.m., Schwartz Center, McNinch Hall

11:45 p.m.

Music, ball drop and fireworks – 11:45 to midnight, Legislative Mall, main stage


First Night Dover isn’t the only game in town. Also ringing in the New Year are the following events:

Wednesday, Dec. 29
Harvest Years Senior Center? New Year party will start at 5 p.m. at the Center, 30 South St.,?Camden. The early-bird dinner buffet will be at 5 p.m., and includes sausage with onions and peppers, baked ziti with meat sauce, pork and sauerkraut with gravy, Tom’s chili over rice, tossed green salad, green beans with almonds, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, bread and rolls, assorted desserts, coffee and hot tea. The event is BYOB. There will be live music and dancing from 6 to 9 p.m., 50/50 raffles and door prizes. The cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 698-4285.


Friday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve dinner and dancing sponsored by the Camden Wyoming Fire Company Auxiliary will be held at the Camden Wyoming Fire Hall. Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m., and dancing starts at 9 p.m. with DJ Larry Clark. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles will be at 8 p.m. Party favors are provided, bottomless cups are $15, and there will be a cash bar. Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, call 387-1355.

Dover English Country Dancers New Year’s Eve dance, 8:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth W. Murphey School, 42 Kings Highway, Dover. Enjoy dancing dances of the Colonial period and early 1800s. All dances are taught and called. No experience needed. Beginner instruction starts at 8 p.m. Period attire or formal eveningwear are requested, as is a light dish to share. Admission is $15. Proceeds go toward the DECD Scholarship Fund.

Third Annual New Year’s Eve party at the Modern Maturity Center starts with doors opening at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30 and dancing from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. with music provided by All Star Entertainment. Tickets are $30. The event is open to the public. Champagne toast is at midnight, and party favors are included. All proceeds benefit Modern Maturity Center programs for older adults. For more information or tickets, call 734-1200, ext 167.

The first Biggs New Year’s Eve Bash will be from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the second floor of the museum, 406 Federal St., Dover. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and a stir-fry station by Wilmington’s Mikimotos, midnight munchies food station, cocktail lounge, red carpet photo opportunities, champagne toast with fireworks displays on Legislative Mall, and entertainment by DJ Leon Barton. Tickets are $60, or $100 per couple. For more information or tickets, call 674-2111 or visit www.biggsmuseum.org.

Cooldog Concert Series New Year’s Eve show featuring Ellen Cherry and Kate Klim with Peters and Moore opening will be at 7:30 p.m. Location of the house concert near Smyrna and Dover will be given with RSVP. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish to share, and the concert is BYOB. For more information, visit www.cooldogconcerts.com or call 659-3865.

New Year’s Comedy Night will run from 8:30 p.m. into the New Year at Camden Bible Fellowship Church, Route 10 across from Camden-Wyoming Fire Station. The community is invited to watch videos of Christian comedians and user submitted videos from YouTube throughout the night and play group games. There also will be an open mic for any local comedians (including children) that want to share their talent. Non-alcoholic refreshments and snacks will be available. For more information, visit www.CamdenChurch.com or http://facebook.com/CamdenChurch.

Party with live music courtesy of Junior Wilson and the Movies will start at 7 p.m. at the Milford Elks Lodge. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and include hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight, with a cash bar. Call 424-2401 for more information.

New Year’s Eve party for the family will start at 9 p.m. at the Jesus Love Temple, Walnut Street, Milford. Admission is free for anyone in the community. For more information, call the church at 422-2110.

Party with live music by The Myth and food and drink specials will run from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Harrington post of the American Legion, 17448 S. DuPont Highway. Admission is free to the general public. For more information, call 398-3566 or to donate a dish.