It may be one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year but there's more to do than just crossing off names on your Christmas list.

Barstool quarterbacks hit the field

WHERE Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, 1284 McD Drive, Dover

WHEN 2 p.m., Saturday


Football will dominate television sets all day Saturday but why not put down the remote and watch a little live action? Who's playing, you ask? Well, a few well-meaning, charity-minded devoted patrons of Irish Mike's Old Town Pub and Golden Fleece Tavern.

And, you can expect a fight to the death as Golden Fleece wants to take over ownership of the trophy after Irish Mike's routed them last year. The game starts at 2 p.m., but you don't have to go just to watch. There may not be any room on the field but the Delaware National Guard will be there, too, with a Madden game pod, allowing four people the opportunity to go head to head on a virtual field.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, super sale tickets for liquor specials at either establishment, gift certificates, beer specials and enough hamburgers, hot dogs and hot chocolate to satisfy even the biggest offensive linemen.

There's no cost to watch (or to play Madden) and the food fees will be nominal. However, all the money raised will go to the local charity, It's All Good in Delaware. And, of course, expect a rousing after-party at the winner's pub.

Kick off the holidays with a little seasonal music

WHERE Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1121 N. Dupont Highway

WHEN 2 p.m., Sunday

COST $15 to $20

The Dover Symphony Orchestra is ready to put community members in the mood for the holiday season with some toe-tapping, smile-inducing music.

"Ringing in the Holiday Season" will also feature DSO's Youth Concerto Competition winner, Chelsea Lee. Lee is a 15-year-old Sussex Tech sophomore, whose talent extends from the violin to the swimming pool.

" Music opens up the soul to a new world where expression and noise come together to form something that is indescribable," Lee said. "I think that without music, the world would be so much more gloomy and dull."

The symphony will be directed by Donald Buxton and regularly features the talent of violinist Stefan Xhori, who also serves as a violin instructor for Lee.

The concert will take place in conjunction with Delaware Hospice's Festival of Trees, a spectacular exhibit of decorated holiday trees and wreaths. There's no fee to view the trees.

For more information about the Dover Symphony Orchestra, visit

Sweet tooth cravings satisfied at Chocolate Festival

WHERE Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, 1121 N. Dupont Highway

WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday

COST $5 for adults, free for kids 18 and younger


Chocolate fanatics who just can't seem to get enough of the sweet treat should make sure to stop in Dover Downs sometime Saturday for the Chocolate Festival.

The festival features a real-life candy-land, full of numerous chocolate and candy exhibitors, an ice-carving contest and a gingerbread village created by Dover Downs Hotel and Casino chefs. There will also be an arts and crafts marketplace with hand-made gift ideas and food.

The Capital Ringers will entertain the crowd with favorite holiday melodies on their famous English handbells. The Delaware Ballet Company will also present some of its best dance moves alongside other instrumental and choral performances. And, if that's not enough, the big man himself, Santa, will be at the casino all day, appearing in photos with the kids.

Festival admission is free for anyone younger than18 and just $5 for adults. The Delaware Hospice's annual Festival of Trees will also be on display. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For more information, visit