First Friday presses on despite wet, windy weather

DOVER – Despite the windy and rainy weather this afternoon, First Friday in downtown Dover is proceeding as scheduled, said Tina Bradbury, operations manager for the Downtown Dover Partnership.

While the outdoor events will not be taking place tonight, there is still plenty to see and do inside many of the downtown businesses along Loockerman Street from 5 until 9 p.m.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m., artist Ray Ewing will demonstrate his unique watercolor/pastel “combo” at the Dover Art League. This is the third in a series of demos preparing artists for the Oct. 4 full-day Paint Dover! plein air event and competition. Mr. Ewing’s demonstration is free, though space is filling and pre-registration is recommended through Tinyurl.com/DoverArt or by calling 302-678-2940.

A portion of sales will benefit Autism Delaware through the DDP’s First Friday Gives Back program. Last month, $385 was donated by merchants and Destination Downtown Dover to the Nemours Children’s Health System.  For a list of participating merchants, visit TinyUrl.com/DoverFirstFriday.

The scheduled performance of classic ’70s rock performed by Kategory 5 at the Dover Public Library has been canceled.

Throughout the evening, additional music will include:

• Singer/songwriter Tom Hench at House of Coffi playing guitar/harmonica and offering a mix of folk type story telling with a variety of humorous to serious overtones

• Darin O’Neil on keyboard featuring acoustic pop music from the  ’90s at Grey Fox Grille and Public House, along with a DJ beginning at 9 p.m.

• Singer/songwriter/guitarist Leilani Wall at the Delaware Store and Parke Green Galleries presenting quiet ballads to classic rock to table-thumping Irish drinking songs.

• Singer/songwriter Rick Hudson at Simaron Steak Shop playing guitar and harmonica with a focus on blues, old time country and contemporary pieces.

The Biggs Museum of American Art on Federal Street will hold an opening reception for “Biggs Body Winners,” where 60 artworks selected from over 400 competition submissions featuring human and animal figures in all visual media will be showcased. 

Artwork from selected artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region “successfully interprets, evokes and responds to the body.”  Refreshments will be served.  The exhibition opening is free for members, Students with ID and Active Military; non-member tickets required:  General $10, Seniors (60-plus) $8.  RSVP online at BiggsMuseum.org or by calling 674-2111.

Visit Destination Downtown Dover on Facebook for updates.

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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