Arts in the Estuary in Dover set for Saturday

DOVER — The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is holding “Arts in the Estuary,” an event celebrating National Estuary Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover and at the John Dickinson Plantation, next to the Reserve at 340 Kitts Hummock Road.

Admission is free to the rain-or-shine event which also features the Delaware Native Plant Society’s Annual Native Plant Sale.

“There’s something for everyone at ‘Arts in the Estuary,’ said Maggie Pletta, education coordinator at DNERR.

“Families can discover the St. Jones Reserve’s natural wonders, browse the artwork, listen to live musical performances and purchase a native plant for their own backyards. They can step back in time and experience colonial arts at the John Dickinson Plantation. New this year the Mispillion Art League is offering a painting class to festival participants for a small fee.”

“Arts in the Estuary” features more than 15 artists, photographers, jewelers, wood carvers, and exhibitors showcasing their work for sale amidst the lush landscape of the St. Jones Reserve.

Visitors can view painting and carving demonstrations, speak to local artists, paint an estuary landscape and get tips on how to create their own artwork.

Children of all ages can demonstrate their talents by painting with soils, making fish prints, and doing other children’s activities. There will also be live musical performances by Bethany Krumrine at 11 a.m. and by Rick Schuman at 12:30 p.m.

At the John Dickinson Plantation, period artists and woodworks will demonstrate their heirloom crafts and costumed interpreters will guide visitors through the mansion and demonstrate the colonial art of preserving, smoking and pickling foods.

“Arts in the Estuary” celebrates coastal and estuarine conservation, research and education at the Reserve, and highlights the work accomplished at the Reserve to establish, protect and manage estuarine habitats for research and education.

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