Best Bets: National acts to headline R2Hop2 fest

Roots rock act J. Roddy Walston and The Business will headline Saturday’s R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival Saturday at Fordham & Dominion Brewing in Dover. They will hit the stage at 4 p.m. (Submitted photo)

In its eighth year, Fordham & Dominion Brewing’s R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival is going national.

National headliner J. Roddy Walston and The Business will take the stage to close out Saturday’s event on the grounds of the brewery in Dover.

“Exciting things are happening at the brewery and we wanted our annual festival to reflect that. Fordham and Dominion has produced R2Hop2 for seven years and this year is the first for national artists,” said Rams Head Group’s Vice President of Marketing Royal Bundy.

Rams Head, based in Annapolis, Maryland, books the music and helps to plan and coordinate the event along with Fordham and Dominion each year.

Fordham Brewing Company was originally founded at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis in 1995. After experiencing growth, the brewery relocated to Dover to expand operations and later joined forces with Dominion Brewing to form the brewery on McD Drive, off of Horsepond Road.

At the time of the relocation, the brewing area at the tavern in Maryland was transformed in to a listening room and Rams Head On Stage opened its doors in 1997 with seating for 312. It has gone on to host headlining acts and was named the Top Club under 500 seats in the world by Pollstar Magazine.

They also provide programming for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and St. John’s College, both in Annapolis, and Key West Theatre, Sunset Green Event Lawn and Key West Amphitheater in Key West, Florida.

“Rams Head first booked J. Roddy Walston and The Business at our Silopanna Music Festival in Annapolis in 2012,” Ms. Bundy said.

“They’re a high-energy band from Richmond, Virginia and put on an extremely memorable show with a sound that appeals to many music fans.”

The roots-rock band has scored top-20 alternative rock hits with the songs “Heavy Bells” and “Take It As It Comes.” Their most recent hit was “The Wanting” off of the 2017 album “Destroyers of the Soft Life.”

Before they go on at 4 p.m., Skribe will perform at 1 p.m. followed by the Ruen Brothers at 2:30.

“We’re also excited to add to the lineup one of our resident artists, Skribe, who plays many of our restaurants throughout Maryland. His music is the perfect complement to our festival’s vibe,” Ms. Bundy said.

“There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Ruen Brothers and we’re looking forward to their set.”

The Ruen Brothers are a young British group from Scunthorpe, England. The musicians are siblings and the name of the group is an amalgam of their first names Rupert and Henry Stansall.

Their early influences are Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and The Rolling Stones all while continuing the tradition of the modern rock crooner started by the likes of Morrissey, Jarvis Cocker and Ian McCulloch.

The Ruen Brothers, from England, combine old-school and new-school sensibilities in their music.

Skribe, who performs with a revolving array of guest musicians, plays a brand of music he calls “garage folk,” which combines rhythmic, acoustic strumming and plucking with emphatic vocals.

Ms. Bundy said the expansion of the music lineup goes along with the expansion of the Dover brewery.

“We are currently renovating the brewery’s tap room, which will feature more seating and a viewing area in to the brewery. We’ll celebrate the grand reopening in the coming months,” she said.

“Additionally, the brewery recently purchased a canning line and launched our core lineup in cans with a new, clean, label design, which was an exciting step for our brewery. Fordham and Dominion also added a new beer to our year-round lineup – Backstage IPA, which speaks to Rams Head’s music history.

“Festival goers will have the opportunity to try Splash & Go, our recent collaborative beer with Dover International Speedway in celebration of their 50th anniversary. This year’s festival will feature more beers on tap than ever before.”

There will be 14 Fordham & Dominion craft beers on tap, including Cherry Blossom Lager, Wisteria Wheat and Candi Belgian Tripel.

New this year is Hoffman’s Meats catering in the VIP tent.

“Rams Head uses their products in many of our dishes at our restaurants, including ones made with our beer,” Ms. Bundy said.

Food vendors Pigheaded BBQ, Amy’s Grill, Woody’s on Wheels and Tre Sorelle Dolce Ice Cream & Italian Ice will be available for general admission ticket holders to R2Hop2, whose name is inspired by an original piece of equipment that is used to dry hop beer.

The event will also include local retail vendors, with products and services ranging from handmade crafts, home décor, dog collars, hair services and more.

Skribe’s plays a brand of music he calls “garage folk.” He will play R2Hop2 starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Lawn games, such as corn hole, giant Jenga and the annual keg throwing competition, will also be played.

A portion of all ticket sales benefits Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity.

General admission tickets are $37.50 in advance and $45 at the gate.

VIP tickets for $85, includes a commemorative glass, R2Hop2 T-shirt, bottomless beer and soda, access to the VIP-only tent and a catered meal by Hoffman’s.

Gates open at noon and the festival runs through 6 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit

W3: What Women Want Fest

Also Saturday, the W3 What Women Want Fest is returning to Wild Quail Golf & Country Club in Wyoming Saturday with a day of fun, food and fashions.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is presented by the Delaware State News and sponsored by Koppenhaver, Hawkins & Associates at Merrill Lynch.

This casual, “women only” event will include vendors, food, demonstrations, door prizes and giveaways. Plus, there will be a fashion show with clothing and accessories provided by Talbots of Dover.

The Biggs Museum of American Art is the charitable fundraising partner. They will be on hand to present information about their exhibits, events and programs. They will also offer event attendees a chance to show their creative side with an artistic activity.

There will be lots of other vendors to visit for fitness, fashions, jewelry, home decorating, beauty, art and more. You’ll be able to sample lots of beauty products, try out a fitness routine, get tips to get your finances into shape, start redecorating your home, learn about local volunteer opportunities and more.

A buffet will be available throughout the day. This year’s signature cocktail is sangria provided by Wild Quail Golf & Country Club. A cash bar will also be available.

Tickets are on sale at They are $7 in advance or $10 at the door the day of the event. You can get more information on the website or follow on Facebook at

The event program book can be found online at Click on “Special Sections.”

Delmarva Outdoors Expo

The third annual Delmarva Outdoors Expo is set for today through Sunday at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Among the attractions are the Dock Dogs in a three-day competition; Mountaire Farms Chicken Pickin contest; Trick Trucks Show and Shine for all vehicles on Saturday; Wilson’s annual Gun and Toy Auction; display of old time firearms from Charlie Steel’s gun shop; firearms simulator; virtual reality fishing games with a fishing contest; and real NASCAR stock car with a racing simulator. Fastest time wins tickets to a NASCAR race.

The sportsman’s auction on Saturday will include boats, RVs, ATVs, fishing, camping, archery supplies, and two Delaware State Park surf fishing numbered tags.

The presentation stage will have talks all day Saturday and Sunday.

The day will also include food truck vendors and a beer garden.

Daily and weekend passes will be available at the gates. (Daily are $5 and weekend passes are $10). There will be a 20% discount for military and first responders.

Tickets purchased online in advance receive a bonus of 10 tickets for the door prize drawings (one-day passes will receive five tickets for the door prize drawings).

It runs tonight from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more event information, event demonstration schedules, details on camping, and directions, visit the event website at, or the event Facebook page at

Capital campaign

The nonprofit Historic Odessa Foundation, which owns and operates the Historic Houses of Odessa, recently announced that after the launch of its capital campaign to establish a permanent endowment, it is making progress toward the goal of raising $3 million. The campaign is entitled Independence and Perpetuity.

The overall focus of the endowment campaign is to fulfill the vision of founder and prominent Delaware preservationist H. Rodney Sharp (1880-1968), who with the purchase of Odessa’s Corbit mansion – today’s National Historic Landmark Corbit-Sharp House (1774) – in 1938, began a three-decade-long, full-scale colonial revival of old Odessa, a once thriving port town on the banks of the Appoquinimink River.

The endowment will enable the Historic Odessa Foundation to permanently sustain the preservation of its six historic museum properties and 72-acre site, its collection of more than 7,000 decorative art objects, its Living History educational programming, along with its vision for the future.

For more information on the Historic Odessa Independence and Perpetuity Campaign, contact Debbie Buckson at 302-378-4119, or

Now showing

New this weekend in theaters is the blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame 3D.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is “Miss Bala,” “Serenity” and “Arctic.”

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