Variety of events planned as part of celebration Wednesday through Sunday

Dover Days Schedule of Events as of April 21

A full schedule is online at www.doverdaysfestival.com. “Historic Preservation” is the festival’s theme.

Wednesday, May 4-Friday, May 6

8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Air Mobility Command Museum open, Dover AFB

9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Biggs Museum of American Art open Guided tours of The Old State House and John Bell House, The Green Guided tours of the Johnson Victrola Museum 10 a.m.

Legislative Hall guided tours, 411 Legislative Ave. til 1 p.m. “Stories of The Green” walking tour at John Bell House. Tours led by historical interpreters on the hour. til 3 p.m. 6 p.m. Wednesday: “Before It Was Dover” lecture, The Old State House. Overview of the prehistory of central Delaware.

6–8 p.m. Thursday: “Revealing the Ridgely Family” Historic Theater, John Bell House, The Green. A night of historic theater vignettes. Through historic gardens and museums, this play moves through 4 generations of the family. Free, space is limited. Call 739–9194 for reservations.

Dawn to Dusk, Friday: Self-guided tours of the historic Christ Church Cemetery, Water and S. State Streets

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Friday evening, May 6

5–7 p.m. Barbara Warden exhibit opening, Biggs Museum of American Art. The finest examples of her year-long exercise of one drawing a day.

6–8 p.m. “There’s a Party in the House” at the Old State House on The Green. Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Old State House restoration. Where were you in 1976? Remember the music? Come dressed in your 1970s clothes. Party like it’s 1976. Music, refreshments, dancing and tours. Free.

6–9 p.m.

WSFS Bank ATM at MLK Blvd North & Federal Street DJ Sky Brady will spin tunes and entertain the crowd from the Legislative Mall stage Food Faire, MLK Blvd. South Moon Bounce Village for kids, Legislative Mall “33 1/3” classic rock, Legislative Mall stage 7 p.m.

In Harmony Concert at the Dover Public Library “Bobby Horton: Songs and Stories of the Civil War,” Schwartz Center for the Arts. Stories of both the North and the South through the music they loved. $15. Tickets, schwartzcenter.com. 8–9 p.m. “Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery.” Begins at Johnson Victrola Museum. Tour by lantern light. $10. Space limited. Call 739–9194 for reservations.

Dusk: Fireworks Extravaganza by Zambelli Fireworks

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Saturday, May 7

Dawn to Dusk: Self-guided tours of historic Christ Church Cemetery, corner of Water and S. State Streets

7 a.m.–1 p.m. Dover Days Pancake Breakfast, Wesley United Methodist Church Men’s Group and Bake Sale at Grace Fellowship Hall, The Plaza, fee

8:30–9 a.m. Jazzercise at the main stage, Legislative Mall

8:30–9:30 a.m. Lineup for the Dover Days Parade and The Kritter Sitter Dover Days Pet Parade at Central Middle School and adjacent streets.

9–11 a.m. Breakfast on The Green, American Association of University Women, fee

9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Air Mobility Command Museum open, Dover AFB First State Model Railroad Club’s Dover Days display. Club headquarters, McKee Road in Dover; free parking, handicapped accessible 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open Legislative Hall guided tours, 411 Legislative Ave. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Restoration of The Old State House, 25 The Green “Sounds of War: Patriotic Music,” Johnson Victrola Museum. Hear music popularized during the American Civil War played on Victor Talking Machines. “Old House on Ye Green: Preservation Activities,” John Bell House, The Green. As the oldest surviving structure in Dover, find out how the John Bell House has evolved over the past 250 years. 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

WSFS Bank ATM at MLK Blvd North & Federal Street. Encampment on The Green by the 1st Delaware and 11th Pennsylvania Regiments Civil War encampments, north side of Old State House, by the 2nd Delaware Volunteers and Mason Dixon Guard Camp 1283 Native Americans of Delaware, adjacent to Biggs Museum “Dover World War II Heroes” display & timeline, north side of Kent County Courthouse Society for Creative Anachronism recreates the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Legislative Mall DJ Sky Brady will spin tunes from the Legislative Mall stage Dover Days Colonial & Victorian Artisans Village –craftsmen and tradesmen demonstrate blacksmithing, chair caning, lacemaking, spinning, colonial lighting, pottery and more 1690s Colonial Trapping & Hunting displays and demonstrations, near Colonial Artisans Village Sand Castle Building demonstration and exhibition by award-winning castle builders, MLK Blvd. North, Legislative Mall Moon Bounce Village for kids, Legislative Mall 350+ Crafts and Food Vendors, Exhibitors, Home & Trade Show Exhibitors, Legislative Mall Farmers Market P & G Dover Wipes & Pampers Diaper Changing Station, corner of MLK Blvd South & Legislative Ave. 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Dover Days Parade sponsored by the Delaware Lottery, and the Dover Days Kritter Sitter Pet Parade, State Street and The Green; reviewing stand on The Green

10 a.m.

Guided tours of Woodburn: The Governor’s House – the official residence of Delaware’s Governor since 1965, and guided tours of Hall House: The Governor’s Guest House. til 1 p.m. “Architecture of The Green” walking tour, meet at the John Bell House. The Green has a variety of architectural gems. Guided tours are on the hour. til 3 p.m. Dover Days at the John Dickinson Plantation – tours, colonial games and hearth cooking utilizing 18th century recipes. 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, free, 302–739–3277. til 3:30 p.m. Biggs Kids: Sketching, Biggs Museum of American Art, Federal Street, free with admission. Inviting our Biggs Kids to draw their favorite place or person in Delaware. Ages 5–10. til 4 p.m. Dover Public Library open til 4:55 p.m. 10:30 a.m. Odrick Hall’s and Pentation’s The Wizard of Ahus, Schwartz Center for the Arts, free. Choreographed by Tommy Price, performed by the Children’s Theater Inc. Meet characters from the Wizard of Oz.

10:50 a.m. Patriotic Songs, Schwartz Center for the Arts, free. School chorus will perform patriotic songs.

11:15 a.m. Traditional martial arts demonstrations by Kaizen Karate Academy of Dover, Legislative Mall stage

11 a.m. Victorian ice cream parlor, The Dover Century Club on The Green, fee

11 a.m.–4 p.m. Colonial musician Robert Moorland on The Green–performs on antique instruments

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Maypole Dancing by school children on The Green

11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. “The Wheelmen” display of fifteen late 19th century bicycles on The Green. Cyclists, in costumes; 1 p.m. riding demonstration weather permitting.

11:30 a.m. Odrick Hall’s and Pentation’s The Wizard of Ahus, Schwartz Center for the Arts, free. Choreographed by Tommy Price, performed by the Children’s Theater Inc. Meet characters from the Wizard of Oz.

11:50 a.m. Patriotic Songs, Schwartz Center for the Arts, free. School chorus will perform.

Noon–1 p.m. Maypole Dancing presented by The Little School at Kids Cottage. Call 734–3040 for location.

Noon–3 p.m. “Broadway Selections presented by the Milton Theatre,” main stage, Legislative Ave., Legislative Mall

12:30–1 p.m. A Celebration of Songs by Wesley preschoolers, The Green

1–1:30 p.m. Colonial dances by the Dover English Country Dancers at The Old State House

1–2 p.m. “Exhibition: Baseball at the Opera House,” Schwartz Center for the Arts, free. Recreate history by “playing” a game from the 1915 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox.

1–4 p.m. Auburn Heights Steam Car Rides, John Bell House, free. Ride in an authentic Stanley Steam Car.

1:30–2:30 p.m. “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the Delaware Public Archives, free. See how the Archives preserves and protects important records.

1:30–4 p.m. “Guided tours of Courtroom 1,” Kent County Courthouse, 38 The Green. Enjoy newly restored Courtroom 1.

2:30 p.m.–3 p.m. Colonial dances by the Dover English Country Dancers at The Old State House

3 p.m. Peach Pie Eating Championship! Fifer Orchards Peach Pie Eating Championship, Legislative Mall Stage

3–9 p.m. “History, Heritage & Hops” brew fest downtown

7:30 p.m. “Eight Men Out” film, Schwartz Center for the Arts, $6. Directed by noted baseball fan John Sayles. Dramatization of the fix of the 1919 World Series, stars Charlie Sheen, John Cusack and Christopher Lloyd. Tickets: schwartzcenter.com

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Sunday, May 8

Dawn to Dusk: Self-guided tours of historic Christ Church Cemetery, corner of Water and S. State Streets

9 a.m.

First State Model Railroad Club’s Dover Days display. Club headquarters, McKee Road; free parking, handicapped accessible. til 4 p.m. Air Mobility Command Museum open, Dover AFB. til 4 p.m. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

“Architecture of The Green” walking tour at the John Bell House. The Green has a variety of architectural gems. Guided tours on the hour. til 3 p.m. DJ Sky Brady will spin tunes, play games and entertain the crowd from the Legislative Mall stage “Old House on Ye Green: Preservation Activities,” John Bell House. As the oldest surviving structure in Dover, find out how the John Bell House has evolved over the past 250 years. First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries open WSFS Bank ATM at MLK Blvd North & Federal Street Moon Bounce Village for kids, behind the Old State House Winner Subaru Dover Days Car Show onsite registration; competition for trophies plus Best in Show Biggs Museum of American Art open Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Restoration of The Old State House, The Green “Sounds of War: Patriotic Music,” Johnson Victrola Museum. Hear music popularized during the American Civil War played on Victor Talking Machines. Noon–3 p.m. “18th century Historical Cricket Games,” Legislative Mall. Colonial America’s favorite pastime before baseball and football! Public invited to participate!

1 p.m.–4:55 p.m. Dover Public Library open

3:30 p.m. Winner Subaru Dover Days Car Show Awards, Legislative Mall stage