Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
‘M*A*S*H’ comes to Milford
WHAT ‘M*A*S*H,’ presented by Second Street Players
WHEN 8 p.m., Friday; 8 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford
COST $17; a $1-off discount is offered to seniors and students on Sunday
INFO Visit secondstreetplayers.com or call 422-0220
The all-star team of crazies from the mobile army surgical hospital unit No. 4077 will take center stage for two weekends in Second Street Players’ new comedy, “M*A*S*H,” opening at the Riverfront Theatre on Friday, April 25.
“M*A*S*H” is a farce adapted by Richard Hooker’s book (“MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors”), which inspired his smash-hit TV series of the late 1970s and 1980s (“M*A*S*H”).
Set during the Korean War (1950-1953) in South Korea, “M*A*S*H” is a tale of vignettes about the various personalities in unit No. 4077 and their attempts to have a good time while away from home in another country where the terrain and weather isn’t very friendly. A central plotline in the story revolves around the unit’s Korean houseboy, Ho-John. The gang is on a campaign to send Ho-John to the United States to get him enrolled in a good school so he could have a better future.
All of the rowdy characters from the “M*A*S*H” TV series are back in this free-flowing play, including the madcap surgeons Capt. Duke Forest and Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce. There’s also Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly (a soldier with incredible hearing who can anticipate things before they happen), Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (a rigid nurse who has no time for nonsense) and Lt. Father Francis John Patrick Mulcahy (a clergyman).
A night of Carlos Santana’s music
WHAT Gringo Jingo – Tribute to Santana
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday
WHERE Harrington Raceway & Casino, 15 W. Rider Road, Harrington
INFO Visit casino.harringtonraceway.com or call (888) 887-5687
Tonight the heavens will shine down on Carlos Santana Fans as the outfit Gringo Jingo – Tribute to Santana will create a fiesta with the Grammy Award-winning musician’s tunes in the Gold Room at the Harrington Raceway & Casino.
Gringo Jingo features serious instrumentation required to reproduce the rich, velvety smooth sounds of Carlos Santana’s music. Fans will enjoy classics like “Black Magic Woman” and “Evil Ways,” as well as contemporary hits such as “Smooth” and “Maria Maria.”
Gringo Jingo the is the brainchild of Steve Reed, who’s been playing lead guitar for 35 years. The veteran has experience performing in the music scene in Las Vegas, Nev., playing regular gigs at casinos and showrooms in sin city. Reed’s resume also includes a national tour with Sir Rod, a wildly popular Rod Stewart tribute act.
Gringo Jingo is the real deal, and audiences will soon learn this in just a few hours tonight.
Bug & Bud Festival to attract 9,000 people to Milford
WHAT 11th annual Bug & Bud Festival
WHEN 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Downtown Milford on Walnut Street and in the surround ing area
COST Free admission
INFO Visit downtownmilford.org or call (302) 839-1180
Every spring, Milford welcomes thousands for a day of parading, games and activities that honor nature and the state’s insect, the ladybug, at the beloved Bug & Bug Festival in its downtown area.
The 11th annual Bug and Bud Festival, presented by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the Milford Parks & Recreation Department, will take shape this Saturday, offering new festival features, along with popular attractions, for a crowd of approximately 9,000 people.
Debuting at this year’s festival will be an official competition for the best-dressed pet, which will earn the winner $50.
In keeping with the festival’s tradition, the Bug & Bud parade − beginning at 9:45 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church (located on S.E. Front St., Milford) − will kick off with the festival band, featuring musicians from the Milford Community Band. Kids and adults are encouraged to wear their best ladybug and tree costumes at the parade, and the winner of each category will win $50.
Other festival highlights will include 100-plus arts and crafts, and food vendors and the Kid’s Korner (featuring games and inflatables at Bicentennial Park). Each hour entertainers will perform at Milford Public Library’s amphitheater (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). There will be free paddle boat rides (at the Vinyard Shipyard) and a chalk art contest (on the basketball court near the Milford Public Library).