Put Dover in the rear view mirror this weekend and check out a couple of destinations that are worth the trip.
STROLL THE (GREEN) STREETS OF MILFORD
WHAT "Toasting the Town," Milford's third annual St. Patrick's Day pub crawl
WHERE Downtown Milford (North, Northeast, South and Southwest Front Streets and surrounding walkable areas)
WHEN 5 p.m., Saturday
COST $15 to $20
Downtown Milford will be a sea of green Saturday as people young and old celebrate the town's third annual St. Patrick's Day pub crawl, "Toasting the Town."
Here's what to know before you go:
Tickets are wearable Participating pub crawlers can purchase a $15 T-shirt ($20 for sizes 2XL and up) from participating businesses. Throw the T-shirt on to identify yourself as a paying participant and receive in-store specials and discounts.
Tastes are regional In addition to the spirits available at most of the downtown Milford haunts, five more regional breweries and wineries will be in town as well.
Try Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales at Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop on North Walnut Street or the military-inspired selections of Dover's Fordham and Old Dominion brews at Fur-Baby Boutique & Doggie Daycare located on Southwest Front Street; The Milford Senior Center on Park Avenue will be pouring wine from Selbyville's Fenwick Wine Cellars while members of the Second Street Players host Nassau Valley Vineyards at the Riverfront Theatre on South Walnut Street; Finally, Tax Chicks will be auditing anything that gets in the way of the fun that Delmar's 3rd Wave Brewing plans on bringing to their location on North Walnut Street.
Tickets are available In years past, the event has sold out and organizers expect the same this year.
"We have about 150 shirts left," said Downtown Milford Inc. Volunteer Chairwoman Sara M. Pletcher earlier this week. "Originally, all seven participants had shirts but three have sold out."
Tickets can still be purchased at Abbott's Grill, Tax Chicks, The Georgia House and online at MilfordLive.com.
"We will also sell whatever we have left Saturday night in front of the Santa House on S. Walnut Street," said Pletcher.
WHAT FAWN Delaware concert featuring 12 local singer-songwriters
WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Film Brothers Movie Co-op, 205 N. Market St., Wilmington
In February, a dozen singer-songwriters accepted a challenge: pen 14 songs in 28 days. Tomorrow night, the fruits of their labors will be on display in a free concert at the Film Brothers Movie Co-Op in Wilmington.
The songs created were part of a grand effort known as "February Artist Writing Month," more commonly called FAWN for short. Each day, participating artists (it's actually a worldwide movement) posted their new tunes at fawn.org, receiving and sharing feedback.
Saturday's list of singer-songwriters will feature: Jessica Graae, Todd Chappelle, Aaron Nathans, Shane Palko, Matthew Halley, Alyssa Regan, Sarah Linde, Nathan Surles, Lori Citro and Nancy Huebner. In addition, Michael Natrin and Erin Magnin, members of the Honey Badgers folk duo, will also perform.
CONSIDER SOME DELAWARE STORIES
WHAT Delmarva Roots Film Festival
WHERE Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front St., Milton
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
COST $3 to $5
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present two sides of the storytelling coin Friday night with two films, highlighting two uniquely Delaware stories at the final winter installment of the Delmarva Roots Film Series.
First, watch "A Ninth Life," an 11-minute film that tells a story that only Milton-based filmmaker Pamela Preston can tell. The film chronicles the intersection of two lives: Jim and Paige. As a young reporter, Jim gets assigned a story about a baby girl who narrowly escapes death. After a couple of close calls, Jim decides to keep tabs on that baby girl, Paige, and see what happens as she grows up. But, as time goes on, Paige becomes less of a story and more of a part of Jim's life, ultimately causing him to question his belief system based on the legendary luck of nine lives.
After the fun of fiction, though, stick around for the facts. Delaware filmmaker Michael Oates has a new story to tell about Delaware's changing coastal life. One hundred years ago, the first state was home to flourishing maritime communities, whose huge harvests of Delaware Bay oysters created local legends of ship captains who lit cigars with $100 bills and bought new Cadillac's every year. Yet today's annual oyster harvest is limited to less than 15,000 bushels, with oyster beds decimated by a succession of deadly diseases and all but one of the sailing schooners gone.
Oates' film tells the story of one couple's attempts to keep some of that history alive by restoring the oyster schooner Maggie Myers. Frank Eicherly and his wife Jeanne Friend has been lovingly restoring the schooner, without the help of grants or any real outside financial contributions.
Berkana Center for Media and Education President Jeanne Covert said that each screening of the film finds people engrossed in the personal story as much as the factual history of the documentary.
"The response has been positive and at each screening, audiences have really responded to the people of the film," said Covert. "A big part of it is probably that they recognize the people and places that Michael [Oates] chronicled."
The film is 60 minutes long and a discussion with Oates will follow. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.rehobothfilm.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.