Loockerman Street in downtown Dover will host food, vendors, live music and visual arts during the Downtown Dover Partnership’s First Friday, set for 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2.
“We are honored to build and share each First Friday with DDP, our family and c
ommunity through the celebration of music, artisans, craftsmanship, food and beer,” said D3 board member Joel Margavage.
Toney Rocks and the Rejects and At Risk will be live on two stages from 5 to 9 p.m. on Loockerman Street. The Dover Public Library will feature alternative country performer Chaplin the Kid outdoors at 6:30 p.m. at Loockerman Way Plaza and, in case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the library. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket. Other music will include saxophonist Wesley Melvin at House of Coffi, 14 E. Loockerman Plaza; Rick Hudson at Simaron Pizza & Steak Shop, 415 Loockerman St.; Joe Connor at Grey Fox Grille & Public House, 140 S. State St.; and Mike Miller at The Delaware Store & Parke Green Galleries, 331 S. State St.
At the corner of Queen and Loockerman Streets, Dover Health Care will feature Grammy-nominated jazz vibraphonist Joe Baione, along with children's games and train ride, hot dogs and drinks, a petting zoo and face painting.
The Biggs Museum of American Art, 406 Federal St., will host the opening reception for Rebecca Raubacher’s “Drawings & Paintings” from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition opening is free for members; nonmember tickets are required. For details, visit biggsmusem.org.
At the Dover Art League, 21 Loockerman St., plein air artist Stacy Rogers will discuss painting outdoors and provide an oil painting demonstration. This demonstration is part of the three-month preparation program focused on painting downtown Dover and the October First Friday one-day outdoor paint event Paint Dover. To pre-register, visit tinyurl.com/paintdover or call 678-2940.
Winners of the youth and children coloring contest will be announced at 6:30 p.m. in Loockerman Way Plaza. The contest is open to youth 18 and under. The coloring page was designed by Gary Knox, owner of Forney’s Too, who will serve as a judge, along with Stephanie Adams, southern Delaware community liaison for Nemours Fund for Childrens’ Health. The page may be downloaded at tinyurl.com/dovercoloring. Children can also celebrate National Coloring Book Day at the DAL.
Merchants will be open and a portion of sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will go to the Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Dover Office through the Downtown Dover Partnership’s First Friday Gives Back program. In July, more than $350 was donated by merchants and Destination Downtown Dover to the Veterans Trust Fund of Delaware. For a list of participating merchants, visit tinyurl.com/doverfirstfriday.
For more, visit downtowndoverpartnership.com.