You don't have to go far to find something to do this weekend in Dover. Whether it's a little food, a little music, or a little shopping, there's plenty to do right at home this weekend.
WHERE Downtown Dover
WHEN 5 to 7 p.m., Friday
Downtown Dover's First Friday will get started right when the work week ends at 5 p.m. October's installment will benefit Shepherd Place, a local emergency housing program, and participating merchants will also be collecting food donations.
Now, the great thing about First Friday is the casualness of the evening. Stroll from store to store or event to event and check out what the downtown community is up to.
Consider starting at the Biggs Museum for the "Delaware by Hand Trunk Show," featuring hand-made glass, pottery, jewelry, textiles and woodwork of member artists. Or, stop in the Dover Art League Gallery to see the Delaware Watercolor Society Signature Painters.
Don't forget all the boutiques and restaurants as well. Many will have special prices and sales and a few even feature their own live entertainment.
The night doesn't end, though, as daylight fades. The Smooth Sound Dance Band will perform at 7 p.m. at the Dover Public Library or consider the spooky cemetery tour of Presbyterian Cemetery at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit www.downtowndoverpartnership.com.
DINNER AND SHOW
WHERE The Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
WHEN 7 p.m., Saturday
COST $18 to $28
The Schwartz will kick off its fall season with a trip down memory lane as the Sensational Soul Cruisers take the stage and pay tribute to some of the classics that have come before. From Otis Redding to Barry White, the tunes will have you singing along and dancing in your seat.
Saxophonist Screamin' Steve Barlotta will be lead the eleven men as well as the top notch rhythm section backing them up.
And, since you're already going to be in downtown Dover, why not grab some dinner or drinks at one of the restaurants and pubs within walking distance of the Schwartz?
You could try the pizza at Angelo's or go all out with appetizers, an entrée and dessert at 33 West. The Golden Fleece Tavern will also be open late with music and the bartender's choice of drink specials.
SHRIMP, RIBS AND BIG JUNK
WHERE Walter L. Fox American Legion, 835 Bay Road, Dover
WHEN 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday
COST $5 to $10
One of the area's local bands, Big Junk, will take over the stage at 8 p.m. at the Walter L. Fox American Legion Saturday night, crooning classic covers from bands like The Rolling Stones, Sublime and ZZ Top while amping up the crowd with their high energy.
Guitar player Tom King said it's one of the band's favorite venues to play.
"There's always such a range of people there that come out," King said. "Plus, it's casual and everyone's always ready to party and have a good time."
And, the good times start with good food and good prices. For $5, you can get a half rack of ribs or a half-pound order of steamed shrimp. For $10, you can get a whole rack or a whole pound of shrimp.
There's no cover charge when the music starts up and there's a full bar, too, with plenty of bottled and draft beer. For more information, call (302) 674-3922.