Gingerbread holiday planned for Dover’s First Friday

ori Llewelyn, left, and Jessica Thomas of My Roots are ready to hide the Gingerbread Boy for the Scavenger Hunt during First Friday activities in downtown Dover. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Children and adults alike will see gingerbread, candy canes, and delightful window displays, and hear the traditional holiday sounds of bell ringers, saxophones, and singers Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Dover, rain or shine. Santa will visit shops from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

First Friday activities will include a gingerbread cookie scavenger hunt for kids, holiday music inside and outdoors, and a caroling-style sing-along in front of downtown shops with accompaniment by Rob Young, Esq., on acoustic guitar.

Children are invited to find the 12-inch gingerbread cookies in each of 10 stores, take a selfie with the cookie then collect their treat inside the Dover Art League, where Wesley College musicians Ryan Schumacher, Becky Herrera and Samuel Mac will play holiday tunes. Volunteers Bob and Linda Vogt will oversee children’s crafts and snacks for all ages. Registration is requested for these activities:

Stroll the streets, do some shopping, and cast your vote for your favorite merchant window décor in the holiday “Light Up!” decorating contest. Merchants will be open late, offering snacks and treats, and holiday specials too. Shoppers should remember to bring their Shop Downtown Dover “passport” for savings into downtown shops.

This new promotional “passport”, available at participating stores during First Friday activities, invites shoppers to visit downtown merchants and take advantage of savings. Those who would like a passport may also contact the Downtown Dover Partnership at 302-678-2940.

First Friday Gives Back will benefit the Central Delaware Housing Collaborative’s women’s shelter this month. Merchants will donate a portion of sales and a gingerbread house will be auctioned at the DAL, with proceeds going to CDHC. For a list of participating merchants, visit

For the scavenger hunt, look for gingerbread cookies in these shops:

· Bel Boutique

· Forney’s Too

· House of Coffi

· La Baguette

· My Roots

· Suds ‘n Company

· The Delaware Store

· The Loocke

· Tina’s Timeless Threads

· Zuha Trend

Other activities include:

Dover Public Library – In Harmony Concert Series: Kara Dahl Russell presenting “The Mystery of Christmas.” With a musical emphasis on mystery and miracle, the music of this program follows the biblical story of the birth of Christ, told in short verses from the King James Bible to move us on the journey.

House of Coffi – Saxophonist Wesley Melvin on tenor sax, with holiday jazz.

My Roots – Jeannine Daniel, book signing: “Not A Soul Drank Water.”

The Grey Fox Bar and Grill – Kive music by Brian McDaniel, with a touch of blues and a touch of jazz. DJ beginning at 9 p.m.

The Delaware Store and Parke Green Gallery – Singer/songwriter Mollie Raley Hall on guitar, ukulele and mandolin, with an eclectic mix of folk and pop holiday themed songs.

The Loocke – Grady O’Connor, a local high school student saxophone player playing holiday jazz accompanied by his backing track.

Forney’s Too – Local author Kathy Doyle and local artist Marsha Holler for a signing of their book, “Blue’s River.”

The Downtown Dover Partnership seeks vocal and instrumental musicians, as well as visual, culinary and performing artists for First Friday activities, and is programming now for calendar year 2020.

To learn more, visit: Buskers are also encouraged to perform outdoors, voluntarily with a tip jar, and can learn more and sign up at: Or call 302-678-2940 for details.

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